Anyone who has ever taken a figure drawing class has had the chance to marvel at the stark, yet animated design of those wooden artists' mannequins — the way they capture the body's anatomy with succinctness, yet without sacrificing the vibrant quality underneath. This delicate abstraction is exactly why you might fall in love Enrico Azzimonti's Heron lamp, which distils the basic table lamp to its functional essence, managing at the same time to give it an almost lifelike character.
Created by Italian designer Azzimonti, the Heron is ostensibly of cold, highly-basic aluminum construction. But with its graceful neck and red detail, which stretches across its body like a pulsing artery, the lamp appears like an elegant giraffe or fantastical member of the animal kingdom. Speaking even further to the animate character of the piece, it is earth-friendly— made of 100% recyclable material and equipped with energy-efficient LED lights. In the world of design, it's a modern-day mythical hero.
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