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Sculptural lighting according to Jochen Holz Contributors
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German designer Jochen Holz ‘s glass lamps seem to come to life. It is not hard to believe that his main inspiration comes from Jean Cocteau’s 1946 fantasy film Beauty and the Beast. In particular, Holz looks to Lumière, the candelabra with human features that helps Belle and the Beast become friends. From this imagery the designer takes theanthropomorphic appearance of objects, creating one-off glass pieces with fluid, sinuous shapes. Jochen Holz’s work has been awarded several times in recent years, and the designer has been recognized as a master of contemporary glass. His practice is not widespread, in fact it could be considered “endangered” from a craft perspective. Holz transforms borosilicate glass tubes-a very durable type of glass-into unique design objects through lampworking.

An interesting aspect of Jochen Holz’s production is the use of neon. The question of light is central to his works, which tend to be true light sculptures. His reasoning focuses on the lamp, starting with his interest in luster. His neon pieces explore the possibility of sculptural lighting, opening up new aesthetic discussions around neon, a widely used theme in the art field. “Conventional neon uses thin-diameter tubes and is usually mounted flat on a board,” Holz explains, “I use much larger and thicker borosilicate glass tubes, which allow me to make robust, self-supporting three-dimensional forms. As the width increases, the light also takes on more physical qualities; the light emits a volume, rather than the lines and contours of a traditional neon.”

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