, 2022-12-25 07:00:57,
A trained architect, Raphael Kadid works from his Basel studio creating limited-edition objects that range from modular furniture to lighting. Design and architecture have always gone hand in hand for Kadid, who trained as an architect after two years of art school in Paris: ‘I was drawn to the elementary aim of architecture, as an extension of people’s activities, as well as for its rationality,’ he says. ‘We can look at buildings and appreciate their designs, when in the organisation of a well-arranged floor plan lies a more pragmatic beauty.’
From there, design was a natural progression: ‘To experiment with forms and materials, not only by drawing shapes, but also by the act of building by hand, was something I found missing [when working in architecture]. Design allows me to work on the essence of an idea, up to its physical transcription,’ he adds.
Among his works is the ‘Oblago’ lamp (its name an homage to industrial designer Syd Mead, and his 1996 book Oblagon), which he describes as ‘the result of research on “impossible shapes”, ellipsoid geometries’. Made of five aluminium elements (four turned columns and a body carved from a single block of aluminium), the lamp nods to primitive architecture and neo-futurism.
‘The arrangement of the columns and the lamp’s proportions are purposely ambiguous,’ explains Kadid. ‘While the ratio between columns and…
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