The concept of Heimat refers to the relationship between one’s regional and social boundaries. A human being is connected to his Heimat (or homeland) through his earliest experiences and his remaining memories. It is, in fact, the intersection of time and space.
With the Heimat collection, designers Guillaume Neu-Rinaudo and Birgit Severin explore the elements that influence collective memories. They were inspired by Oranienbaum, a small town in the region of Saxony Anhalt marked by strip-mining and power plants that once provided electricity to a major part of the former GDR. The town itself contains the 17th century castle of Countess Henriette Catherine of Nassau and is surrounded by forest and fields. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, hope for growth and renewal spread throughout the region.
Sadly, however, the opposite happened. Factories closed, mines came to an end, and power plants shut down. As people lost their jobs, the younger generation left seeking out a new future. The coal deposit that once drew people to Oranienbaum was gone, and and its disappearance pushed others to leave.
Neu-Rinaudo’s and Severin’s ceramic lampshades are handmade of reclaimed material found in Oranienbaum. The pair collected wallpaper, wood, light bulbs, coal, and clay—along with other organic materials from local farms and fields—that they then fired in a primitive pit kiln. The burned materials created unique patterns that reveal parts of their pasts; at the same time, they refer to something forever lost.
Each made-to-order lamp comes with a textile cable and a brass bulb socket. The traces on the lampshade are always unique and can’t be predicted. During the production process, in fact, some lampshades may break; however, those will be fixed according to the Japanese tradition of Kintsugi (golden repair). Breakage and repairs are treated as a part of the history of an object. If you wish to not receive a lamp that has been repaired according to this tradition, then please note this with your order.