Normann Copenhagen Wednesday 20 Feb 2013

Bau is a sculptural hanging lamp designed by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt, who has combined colour, composition and geometric shapes in a unique and creative design. Bau is a hanging lamp with attitude.

The design is based on interlocking geometric circles, sticking out in all directions. Bau has an immediate pattern that is broken up by the discs' colours, sizes and off-centre linkages, making the lamp living and organic in its expression.

Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt's designs are often based on geometric shapes, and her love for architecture is also reflected in the Bau lamp. In German, Bau means construction, and it is exactly the lamp's construction and composition that create an expression of harmonious dis-harmonics.

Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt explains: "Decoration does not need to be restricted to objects you hang on the wall, but can also form an integral part of more functional objects, such as a table or a lamp. This creates new and exciting opportunities in furnishing. When you move your position in relation to Bau, the tight geometric lines are broken. The sort of experience I want people to have is to see the Bau lamp and wonder what it looks like from the other side. It must appeal to peoples' sense of curiosity."

About Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt:

Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt graduated from The Danish Design School in 1994. She has since worked primarily with unique ceramic pieces. In recent years, she has been focusing more on function and especially on wood as the most important material.

Vibeke Fonnesberg Scmidt explains: “Geometric forms have always been the starting points for my pieces. I think construction and composition are important to the end result, and I am constantly challenging myself by breaking away from existing boundaries. I want the observer to experience something - thus making the object come alive.”