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Candil Lamp

Spanish & Madrid born industrial designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón set up his own studio in 2004. Take a look at this beautiful series of lamps, nice material compositions and more.

You will instantly fell in love with his Candil Lamps made from brass, copper and timber. To turn the lights off you simple push the bulb out of the bowl. The bulb is attached via the magnetic tension of the electrics and is not screwed into a socket as usual.

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Candil Madrid – © Alvaro Catalán De Ocón

Madrid Lamp:

Upon graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2004, Alvaro Catalán de Ocón founded his studio in Barcelona and proceeded to design some of the most innovative home objects available. The Madrid Candil is a study in reductive design.

Each part of the Alvaro Candil lamp is used for it’s intrinsic qualities. The copper bowl is a glow enhancing conductor and oak wood acts as a perfect insulator.

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Candil Milano – © Alvaro Catalán De Ocón

Milano Lamp:

Milano lamp is an exercise in reductionist design. A warm copper bowl cradles the bulb, while an oak wood stand insulates the copper and brass materials.

The Milano Candil aims to create a focus on the beauty of the light by reducing other fundamental components to a minimum, enhancing the sensory experience.

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Candil Kyoto – © Alvaro Catalán De Ocón

Kyoto Lamp:

Crafted by local artisans around Madrid, this is composed of a copper bowl that cradles the bulb, smooth oak wood bowl and insulating brass base. To foster it’s natural beauty.

Kyoto Lamp is sophisticated home objects that inject warmth and function into the home. The Kyoto takes its inspiration from the Edison bulb and its intrinsic association with natural candle light.

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Candil Kyoto – 03 – © Alvaro Catalán De Ocón

Alvaro Catalán De Ocón

Candil was conceived as a tabletop version of Cornucopia. While the technical principle remains the same, reducing the lamp to its three basic elements, in this case the use of materials reflects on the different physical properties necessary to make the electrical apparatus work. Copper and brass are optimum conductors, while wood acts as a perfect insulator.

The carefully crafted shapes of the copper bowls allow the bulb to effortlessly slide in its place, while its warm tones gently alter the quality of the light giving it a candlelight effect.

The three available models take their names from the cities which influenced the realization of the object, Kyoto, where it all began, Madrid, where the project was developed and Milan where they were first presented to the public.

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© Alvaro Catalán De Ocón


Name: Candil
Type: Table Lamp
Materials: copper, brass, oak wood
Materials Combination: Wood + Metal, Eco / Recycled / Green

  • Madrid Lamp – H18.2 x W14.3cm (H7.5 x W5.75”)
  • Milano Lamp – H18.2 x W13.7cm (H7.5 x W5.5”)
  • Kyoto Lamp – H8 x W16.5cm (H3.25 x W6.5”)

Lamp Type: Incandescent, 12Volts 25Watts.
Colour: Copper, Brass, Natural Color
Year: 2012

The people:

Lighting Designer: Alvaro Catalán De Ocón – Madrid, Spain
Manufacturer: Self-production
Text Description: © Courtesy of Alvaro Catalán De Ocón
Images: © Alvaro Catalán De Ocón

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