Pair of “Lucellino NT” sconces known as “Birdie” by Ingo Maurer, 1992Paire d’appliques « Lucellino NT » dites « Birdie » par Ingo Maurer, 1992



What I like

I like this Lucellino wall lamps for their poetic side, very typical of the 1980s/1990s. This lamp owes its name to a play on words, a combination of the Italian words Uccellino (little bird) and Luce (light). It dates from the same years as the mythical film “The Wings of Desire”, by Wim Wenders and it is surely no coincidence. For me, this creation is a landmark of the 1980s/1990s: it is what made Ingo Maurer known to the general public.

Lucellino NT by Ingo Maurer is the second version of the Lucellino Wall wall lamp, and dates from 1992. I also like the variation of this model as a chandelier.

I like the combination of visible technology (the electrical wires, the case) and this totally dreamlike pair of wings. Initially, the matt 24-volt light bulb was used in the railways: later, the company Ingo Maurer GmbH produced specific light bulbs: you take an industrial object and transform it into a poetic object!

What I like is that Ingo Maurer has completely subverted the codes of the “wall lamp” object: certainly, this pair of wall lamps illuminates, and even well, but we are in front of a totally new object: Maurer has introduced an extra soul!!

Technical description

Pair of “Lucellino NT” sconces also known as “Birdie” by Ingo Maurer, 1992

The pair of goose feather wings is attached directly to the base, on which a matt bulb must be plugged, operating with a secondary voltage of 24 volts.

This Wings and bulb set is connected to a round white plastic box by a brass rod and a red electrical wire, box to be connected to a wall electrical outlet.

vintage edition.

Our pair of wall lights has its two Birdie bulbs; a spare bulb is included.

Dimensions and weight

Height: 24 cm – Width: 28 cm – Depth: 18 cm

Weight: 1kg

Mix & Match

This pair of “Lucellino NT” wall lights is, of course, completely new! But its lightness, its humor and its poetry allow it to slip into many interiors, bringing a dreamlike breath that shakes up traditions!

This lightness can shake up very intellectual seats like the pair of Grasshopperé armchairs by Sonja Wasseur, with their minimalist design, or act in the same way on the bar table by Lodovico Acerbis!

It is ideally deployed in a bedroom, why not around Enrico Cervelli’s painting “Africano N1”, which will bring its warm chromaticism and the balance of its composition in return! But we can think of an entrance, above the Œil sideboard by Joseph André Morier for the Huchers: the rigor of the general line of this piece of furniture is offset by the originality of its drawers, whose eye shape is poetic and will find an echo in our wings!

I would very much like to hang the pair of “Lucellino NT” on both sides of our painting “Viffer-Vipère-1969” by Guillaume Leunens:  the lines are geometric, but this painting has an internal light, a poetic and matte shine which will respond well to our sconces!

The rigor of our G10 armchairs by Pierre Guariche, peacock blue or off-white, will be boosted by the energy of the beating of our wings: armchair, fly!!

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The designer

Ingo Maurer is a German industrial designer known for his conceptual lamps and light objects. Born on May 12, 1932 on the island of Reichenau in Germany, he studied graphic design in Munich. After freelancing in the United States, Maurer returned to Germany and founded Ingo Maurer GmbH, a company that developed and produced lamps he designed himself. In 1973 he created Ushiwa sconces, made of Asian bamboo fans, which ensured his success. He also invented the “Bulb” lamp, in the shape of a giant bulb. Throughout the 1980s, Maurer established a reputation for his innovative lighting systems like YaYaHo, for which he linked two metal strings with a series of adjustable lighting devices fitted with halogen lamps. Maurer’s interest is not limited to the source of light, he is also interested in its reflection; for his first solo exhibition in 1989 at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, he assembled complex lighting systems that were not intended for mass production and focused on reflective liquid surfaces to create subtle moods. Solo exhibitions of his work have taken place in museums, notably at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1993 and at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York in 2007. He received, among others, the Compasso d’Oro in 2011.

The editor

Ingo Maurer develops his lighting and installations thanks to the personal company that he creates quite quickly. This company produces its flagship products as highly innovative projects.

A beautiful and authentic pair of sconces at a fair price

This pair of “Lucellino-Birdie” sconces has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, originality and fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the design, of which the signature of Ingo Maurer is the guarantee, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix together to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage Birdie wall lights is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1980s/1990s.

Finally, buying vintage sconces preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 28 × 18 × 24 cm

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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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