Volume lamp is a small table lamp that takes inspiration from the buttons on the old stereo amplifiers. An apparently forgotten, but significant gesture, where through a mechanical rotation of the button, we obtained a clear and direct perception of the function, increase or decrease the volume. Volume lamp design comes from the desire to rediscover this direct feeling. The function is emphasized entirely in the overall design, reaching the boundary between concept and design, a lamp dimmer or a dimmer lamp? The size of the shade is proportioned to the size of the hand, inviting to touch and use the lamp in an informal way, laying the hand on its shade and adjusting the intensity of light with a simple gesture.
Andrei Molodkin was born in Boui, a town North of Moscow, Russia and started drawing using a simple ballpoint pen when he served in the Russian Army, where he worked delivering crude oil in Siberia. Through his work, Molodkin transforms oil from an organic resource into an aesthetic from and raises important questions regarding the role of “black gold”, within the contemporary Western culture. He comments on the role of oil as the source of cultural dominance and confronts the significance of a national resource turning into a national identity.