Vintage themed lamps and objects that artist Cory Barkman (previously) creates, come from a very elaborate process. The stunning design and the beautiful appearance are of course, a big part of the job, but the story of materials used in making these lamps is impressive in itself. Most of the objects used in the construction of these lamps are reclaimed mechanical parts from a scrap yard. Once the idea takes its shape, Cory looks for parts suitable for his lamps or forges a part if it cannot be found.
Valves and gauges on the lamps are mostly there for function. They can be on/off switches, display time or temperature, and work as dimmer switches, hand-set rivets, hand-cranked telescoping bodies.
This particular floor lamp was made on commission for a client who wanted a lamp and a side table to go along her favorite antique leather reading chair. The artist approached the commission with an idea to merge the table and the lamp in one. What followed is this elegant lamp with long, parallel lines, round components and a refined finish.
The finished product stands five feet tall, has a height-adjustable table top, dimmable lamp with two switches and a shade. All of this has been accomplished by use of 420 parts, which are constituted of different materials like steel, copper, brass, aluminium, elm burl, and glass, as suited to their use.
Read our first, more detailed article about Cory Barkman’s lamps and method here.