Thank goodness we live in this day and age. In design, anything goes and everything has an admirer. Not to say that all contemporary design is good, but at least we’re not as constrained by schools of though nor forced to conform to what happens to be considered fashionable at this point in time. This democratization of design has freed designers and design lovers alike to button down their shirts and get down and boogey.
So when a designer gives us something fun, dare I say whimsical, we can’t help but smile. In steps Japanese designer Hisakazu Shimizu of S&O Design. Shimizu has taken a leaf from watercolor paintings and created a lamp that takes its inspiration from a bowl of fruit, of all places. Shimuzu Was interested in exploring “the juxtaposition of fruit, borderless product of nature, being expressed within the realm of pop culture.” This table lamp formed part of an exhibition entitled “FRUITS by Hisakazu Shimizu” shown at Galerie Vivid in Rotterdam. The exhibition also includes wall lamps and clocks. For Fruits Table Lamp, the designer arranged a group of indiscernible glass gourds on a simple wooden platter. The glass lamps were all hand blown in calming shades of powder blue, yellow, orange and pink. The black rubber stems help in connecting the whole composition together and giving it a whimsical charm that would be devoid in wax fruit.
Thanks to the freedom that designers like Shimuzu feel nowadays, we benefit from them not having to try to conform to certain ideas of design. This in turn means that we can enjoy fun and creative work, without having to worry what the Jones’s will think.