Sputnik
Julie Lansom Wednesday 13 Aug 2014

Julie Lansom makes lamps with her hands. Long-time photographer and handcrafted decoration designer since 2013, Julie is a versatile artist, who swings between her camera and her design studio.

Based in Paris, Julie keeps an immoderate love for nature, which can be found in her aesthetics. The importance of colours, a passion for materials, the authenticity of her design and a hint of nostalgia are the key elements of her work.

Sputnik was the name given to the first Russian satellite sent into space in 1960s, with lines similar to those of flying saucers and UFOs. Her Sputnik lamps are inspired by the retro-futuristic spirit of those ships, coming straight out of science fiction books, and more generally the graphical aesthetics of the 60s and 70s.

They embody an artistic journey that Julie began with photography, crystallizing her sensitivity, her sense of form and colour. From the cut out, to the assembly and then the weaving, all the lamps are handmade in Paris. Each one of them is unique, a piece of art, and the result of a meticulous and passionate work.

The lamps are made of painted wood and high quality cotton or wool threads. The structure and its colours plus the colours of the weave can be modified, allowing for endless design possibilities but with a clear aesthetic that makes them distinctly ‘Sputnik'.