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Ingo Maurer

German, 1932-2019

German designer Ingo Maurer (1932–2019) was known as a “poet of light” for how he artfully created lamps that married form and function, from bulbs that soared on goose-feather wings to chandeliers that suspended bursts of shattered tableware like a slow-motion explosion. One of his first lamps, a 1966 design that was merely called Bulb, nested a lightbulb inside a larger glass lightbulb shape, drawing on his connection to German art traditions of reductive forms as well as Pop art and the playful aesthetics of 1960s pop culture. The success of Bulb — its fans included American design icon Charles Eames — led to the founding of his own company to produce this provocative fixture as well as other fantastic lighting designs.

Born on the island of Reichenau in Lake Constance in southern Germany, Maurer apprenticed at a newspaper before moving to the United States in 1960. In New York and California, Maurer initially worked as a graphic designer for IBM and elsewhere before returning to Germany with his then-wife, designer Dorothee Becker, in 1963. The experience that Maurer gained in typography and bold forms was regularly expressed in the lamps crafted by his company, which was called Design M before the name was changed to Ingo Maurer GmbH. The lighting manufacturer is still based in Munich.

Some of Maurer’s pieces were minimal, such as a ceramic table lamp in 1996 he called Broken Egg, which radiated light from a fissure in an oblong shape, while others were monumental, such as the designer’s last completed installation — a colossal chandelier composed of over 3,000 silver-plated leaves — in Munich’s Residenztheater. Maurer was always at the forefront of lighting innovations, exploring holograms, LEDs and OLEDs in his projects. Through his company, the venturesome Maurer also promoted inventive new designers, including Moritz Waldemeyer, whose My New Flame (2012) imagined a futuristic candle with LEDs.

Ingo Maurer GmbH continues to produce the late designer’s distinctive table lamps, chandeliers and other fixtures, including the imaginative Bulb that started it all.

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Iconic Designs from Ingo Maurer
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Ingo Maurer Bulb Lamp
Ingo Maurer Bulb Lamp
Uchiwa Wall Sconce
Uchiwa Wall Sconce
Uchiwa Chandelier
Uchiwa Chandelier
Pair of Uchiwa III Japanese Fan Wall Appliques by Ingo Maurer Germany 1973
By Ingo Maurer
Located in bergen op zoom, NL
Pair of Uchiwa III wall appliques by Ingo Maurer for M-design Munich Germany 1973 The Uchiwa III is the medium sized version of the Uchiwa series and gives a very impressive diffuse...
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1970s German Japonisme Vintage Ingo Maurer

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Bamboo, Paper

Ingo Maurer Don Quixote Table Lamp, 1989
By Ingo Maurer
Located in Munich, DE
Don Quixote bends and swivels, turns and stretches. Inspired by the mobility of a soldering aid, Ingo Maurer designed Don Quixote at the end of the 1980s. The table and wall lamp def...
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1990s German Mid-Century Modern Ingo Maurer

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Aluminum, Steel

  • Ingo Maurer Don Quixote Table Lamp, 1989
  • Ingo Maurer Don Quixote Table Lamp, 1989
  • Ingo Maurer Don Quixote Table Lamp, 1989
  • Ingo Maurer Don Quixote Table Lamp, 1989
H 12.6 in W 13.39 in D 7.88 in
'Yoruba Rose' Japanese Washi Paper & Stainless Steel Table Lamp for Ingo Maurer
By Ingo Maurer, Dagmar
Located in Glendale, CA
'Yoruba Rose' Japanese Washi paper & stainless steel table lamp for Ingo Maurer Designed by Dagmar Mombach and produced by Ingo Maurer, one of the most...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Ingo Maurer

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Stainless Steel

'Floatation' Japanese Paper Suspension Lamp for Ingo Maurer
By Ingo Maurer
Located in Glendale, CA
'Floatation' Japanese paper suspension lamp for Ingo Maurer. Designed and produced by Ingo Maurer, one of the most celebrated German lighting icons s...
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21st Century and Contemporary German Mid-Century Modern Ingo Maurer

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Metal, Iron

Floor Lamp “Uchiwa” by Ingo Maurer for Design M Germany, 1977
By Ingo Maurer
Located in Rijssen, NL
This floor lamp is inspired by the traditional Japanese Uchiwa fans. Designed by the world famous designer Ingo Maurer. Ingo Maurer first came across fans in a Paris shop in 1972 whi...
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ingo Maurer

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Steel

ML32 Table Lamp by Ingo Maurer for Design M
By Ingo Maurer
Located in San Francisco, CA
Ingo Maurer design blown glass table lamp, Germany. Model ML32 eye catching form and color seldom seen. In very good original condition and works as it should.
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1970s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ingo Maurer

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Glass

Bamboo table lamp by Ingo Maurer
By Ingo Maurer
Located in Ludwigslust, DE
The table lamp made of chrome-plated metal is in very good condition with an attractive patina. The lamp dates from the 1960s and its design is based on a bamboo trunk. Ingo Maurer i...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ingo Maurer

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Metal

  • Bamboo table lamp by Ingo Maurer
  • Bamboo table lamp by Ingo Maurer
  • Bamboo table lamp by Ingo Maurer
  • Bamboo table lamp by Ingo Maurer
H 29.53 in W 13.78 in D 7.88 in
Ingo Maurer Table Lamp Glass & Chrome, Design M, Germany, 1960s
By Ingo Maurer
Located in Niederdorfelden, Hessen
Ingo Maurer table light with a glass foot and the original shade, made in Germany in the 1960s.   Measures: width 23.6" in. (60 cm), height 27.5" in. (70 cm). Lighting: takes one la...
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1960s German Mid-Century Modern Vintage Ingo Maurer

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Chrome

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Ingo Maurer furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Ingo Maurer furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Ingo Maurer furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 101 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 15 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Ingo Maurer were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Christian Dell, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, and Vereinigte Werkstätten München. Prices for Ingo Maurer furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $207 and can go as high as $60,918, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,495.

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