Fascinated by the uncompromising functionality of machines, an artist and designer who takes inspiration from miscellaneous manifestations and forms of expression, the German sculptor Frank Buchwald is the creator of the exquisitely hand-crafted Machine Lights. Defined to be the new examination of something hidden that intervenes and shapes the sphere of machines like a secret principle, the Machine Lights are a series of 12 magnific lamps crafted entirely with bare hands. And, with their alien-like, quadruplet bases and quasi-corporeal symmetry, the Frank Buchwald’s Machine Lights crafted with 200 individual components boasts an astronomical form, which typifies the mechanic-artistic excellence that forms the cornerstone of the MB&F M.A.D Gallery, which is actually showcasing these impressive lights.
The creator Buchwald who don’t really regards the Machine Lights as his own work, but as beings in their own nature, actually worked on these creations for a total of 10 years.
Interestingly, each lamp has been crafted with more than 200 individual components in an intricate combination of polished blackened steel, the rich luster of brass and the yellow, warm glow of visible light filaments. Further, each of the brass component has been meticulously hand-polished, while the steel is oftentimes hand-burnished with chemicals to achieve an impressive silky matt finish.
Design graduate at the University of Arts, Berlin, Germany, Frank Buchwald, who designs, machines, assembles and finishes everything himself, crafts only just 10 lamps each year in his atelier.
Notably, the Machine Light series comprises of 12 unique models which are produced in low volume production, and requires a delivery time of almost 3 months and more depending on the model. Also, Frank Buchwald provides the production facility of custom-made designs.
However, these artistic Machine Lights doesn’t come cheap, as the Type 5 comes at the price tag of $26,676.