by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt

Plexiglas lamps inspired by Scotland’s west coast – and the early Star Wars films

Geological formations in the form of hexagonal basalt rocks on the west coast of Scotland provided part of the inspiration for the shape and colour scheme of these one-off floor lamps. Apart from the geological inspiration, their expression was also influenced by modernism and, as Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt explains, even the feel of the original Star Wars films. Each of the six components that make up the lamps consists of two sheets of partially overlapping laser-cut Plexiglas in different colours and translucencies, either opalized or fully transparent. The hexagonal structures are held together with brass fittings and combined in clusters of three or more.

Plexiglas in various degrees of translucence, brass

Stafa tall: 36.2 x 59.3 x 94.6 cm
Stafa wide: 36.2 x 77.1 x 79.2 cm

Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt
Danish designer, b. 1967

Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt’s creative process is fuelled by inspiration from all aspects of life, from natural phenomena to cultural creations or manmade objects and structures. The initial spark is often quite intuitive and could spring from many unexpected sources and lucky encounters – the palette of a film, colour combinations and clashes in the cityscape, geology, plant life, visual arts etc.

A recurring source of inspiration for Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt is geometry and its varying uses in architecture throughout history. She creates visually striking shapes, and the first step in her creative process always revolves around geometrical shapes, which she constructs in a systematic form. The next phase involves breaking up the system and its predictability by various means, for example by shifting or displacing elements, altering the colours, creating overlaps, incorporating the interplay of light, as in the Stafa lamps, etc. In an experimental and explorative process, she aims for a sense of harmonious disharmony – a balanced yet vibrant form or construction. She creates graphic, simple and clear works that are fit to be seen from any angle, and which invite further examination in form and colour scheme.

1989-1994 The Danish Design School, Department of One-Offs and Ceramics & Glass Line (now Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design)

Selected collaborations
Her lamps are represented by Nilufar Gallery and Dimore Gallery, both Milan
Product designs for Normann Copenhagen and Skagerak

Selected grants and honours
2015, 2009, 2005, 1999-2000, 1998, 1997: Danish Arts Foundation
2015, 2006, 1999, 1998, 1997: Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation of 1968

Selected exhibitions
2015: ‘Life on Mars’, Dimore Gallery
2015: Nilufar Gallery, Fuori Salone, Milan
2009, 2007, 2004, 1999,1997, 1995: Danish Biennale for Craft and Design

Selected collections
Designmuseum Denmark
Kunstmuseet Trapholt
Danish Arts Foundation


MINDCRAFT / Tuala Hjarnø

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