Interview to a lamp seller

Hi everyone!

Today I want to propose something new and interesting, I hope!

I took an interview to a woman, who has a furniture store. She sells a lot of different lamps’ types. She is very interested in design and modern ideals, so she thinks that this idea of analyzing some lamps like works of art is great!

1) In your opinion, designer lamps are intended for a select clientele or the earth?

Surely they are aimed at people who appreciate the added value that has a design lamp. Usually it can be appreciated by a few or many, depending on the artistic sensibilities of each individual, cultural preparation and the environment in which they live. Certainly one guessed lamp can give personality to an environment, it also reveals the personality of those who experience it.

2)  So you say that is not enough to rely on your taste, there must be some kind of feeling with the object?

Personally I think the artist wants to express emotions through design and a passion that wants to transfer to anyone capable of perceiving. Therefore a particular object will be chosen by those in tune with the artistic expression of the lamp and his way of home living. It’s clear that we must treat an object as well as to dream, but it also must be functional.

3)  There are lamps that have fairly high prices and this prevents the purchase of a large range of people. Do you think this trade policy of this time of economic crisis, like the one we are experiencing, is right or would it be better reducing costs?

There are lamps that are still made at the level of craftsmen with the highest quality materials. Research and labor in Italy have high costs. But if we focus on quality and “Made in Italy” unfortunately the costs are easily compressible. I’ll do an example: If products would be produced in China the price would be reduced significantly, but it will have no longer the same characteristics. The patents of well-known designers have expired and therefore some objects could be made anywhere.

4)   You sell mainly lamps of famous companies and then also known to the general public. What do you think instead of the artisans who make peculiar and unique lamps, as if they were works of art, at competitive prices?

Italy has craftsmen with high professionalism and creativity that the whole world envies. When we speak about special lamps and large artistic impact, Italy is in pole position. For example, the most beautiful Arabian houses have Italian designers’ chandeliers.
However, when it comes to art, the price is only a small component and not the most important.
It’s clear that some lamps that have made history are more likely to be found in homes of people with high culture and a high economic position. There are lamps that have been created by great architects at the beginning of ‘900 and, although they are a form of expression of the past, they are still relevant today.
We see the greatness of the artist because of the lack of time in his creations.

I want to thank Erika for the help she gave to my blog! 🙂

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~ by Giorgia Yasmine Rocca on July 4, 2010.

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