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Cracked Egg Lamp Inspires New Architectural Designs

Broken Egg is an eye-catching lighting fixture mimicking a cracked egg by designer Ingo Maurer. The fantastic and intriguing design, first introduced as a ceramic table lamp in 1996, has inspired a new architectural project, allowing visitors to actually enter a massive oval-shaped venue. The egg-shaped structure is set to be built at Art Park in Inhotim, Brazil, boasting a futuristic space reminiscent of classic sci-fi films. Maurer released a model of his large-scale project at this year's Milan Design Week, sharing its inventive architectural scheme with future visitors.

While exhibiting one of his previous egg-themed pieces at Milan Design Week 2009, Maurer said, “The egg shape, perfect and beautiful, is a recurring element in my work. In fact, there's a direct connection to Milan: the egg in Piero della Francesca's Montefeltro altarpiece, belonging to the Pinacoteca di Brera, holds a particular fascination for me. However, for me the egg had to be flawed: it is broken, and light emerges from the cracks.”

Ingo Maurer website
via [designboom]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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