This Thebes lamp, made from straw marquetry, was inspired by the impressive and elegant silhouette of an ancestral wheat granary discovered at the foot of the Atlas mountains.
Seti Lamp - Natural ShagreenNicolas Aubagnac
Following from an original model with straw marquetry applied vertically, the Seti lamp was then covered with leather and sheathed in shagreen (an opulent form of rawhide sharkskin).
The base is decorated with five shagreen skins, a material which embodies the luxury of the 30s.
An exquisite detail to note – the finest part of a shagreen skin is the center, as it naturally displays the largest "pearls". This is the part used on each face of the Seti lamp.
As in Greek mythology, the Hélios lamp is a symbolic evocation of the sun.
The Babylon lamp takes its architectural silhouette from the skyscraper at '56 Leonard' in New York City, designed by the distinguished architects Herzog and de Meuron.
The Stella lamp was created as a tribute to Luca Pacioli di Borgo, a Renaissance mathematician known for writing the 'Divina Proportione' printed in 1509.
With its characteristic soft, svelte shape, this shagreen model is one of the latest variations on the Séti lamp first created in 2000.
This lamp evokes the unfinished tower, erected in the city of Babel, as found in the Book of Genesis - a marvel or a malediction?
Nicolas Aubagnac is here inspired by the particular geometric shape of the famous engraving "Melancolia" by the artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528).