Back in 2009 Przemek Krawczynski from Lodz, Poland first discovered the gourd fruit and its potential. As a fun and personal side project, he decided to make a night lamp out of this African pumpkin. One year later he decided to leave the engineering school he was attending, as well as his job at a architect studio and followed his new found passion.
He is a self-taught artist and every new lamp he designs is unique. He doesn’t make two of a kind, even if people ask him to. This is a good thing too, because this way he is always entertained, he constantly develops his skills and makes new work of art every time.
The entire process of making just one lamp can take up to several months as Mr. Przemek draws his inspiration from geometry, nature and his previous professions. He marks all of the lines of all details before starting the actual work so by the time he starts he already knows what the end result will look like. Not all artists do this, mind you.
And the results are amazing! These lamps play a double purpose of looking beautiful all throughout the day. When there’s still light outside, his lamps act as actual works of art, as sculptures, making your house look more posh. But when night comes and you turn it on, it’s like you’re on a different world. Shadows and light play with each other, making you feel like you are in a dreamland. They fill the entire room and thanks to all the unique geometrical designs, you can be sure that not many others experience what you do.
Just listen to how he describes the effect and you can see how important and unique his works are: ”By day my lamp is a unique sculpture while at night it comes alive by the light seeping through intricate carved wood and passing through thousands of holes. Flowing shadow fills the space and casts the patterns on the surrounding walls, making it possible to enjoy the light not only in just pragmatic terms” – Przemek Krawczynski