Arthur Erickson (1924 - 2009) is one of the most famous Canadian architects, whose residential as well as public architecture is synonymous to the Canadian modernism of the second half of the last century. Today we are focusing on his interior design.
His brilliant private residences around the Vancouver, city, where he worked all of his life, are the finest examples how modern architecture can be arranged very sensitively into the natural and forest landscape. Wood, concrete, glass or steel houses fits into the Canadian wilderness very well and creates up this day original artificial natural spaces.
As a miniature of his 1960s architectural period, we can read this lamp design, too. Created around 1965, the lamp is completely made out of wood and resembles structural elements and systems that he used in his residences such as Smith house (1964), Graham house (1962) or Catton house (1967). These wooden structures were projected for the very wilderness places in the middle of the forests around the Vancouver, British Columbia. Their forms blend with the surrounding nature and create new plastic objects in the landscape.
The construction solutions used in these forest houses are evident in this lamp design as well. Overhanging wooden pillars, beams and cantilevers that together create abstract play of forms, are reduced on the smaller wooden parts constructing the design of the lamp. Lamp is the abstract sculpture documenting Erickson`s architectural mastery in the very small scale.
Photo Courtesy of Wright, Chicago