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Brief Published: 19 Mar 2013

Ingo Schuppler: Schwarzes Gold Lamp


German designer Ingo Schuppler has created Schwarzes Gold, an eco-friendly lamp manufactured using FSC-certified charcoal and copper. Each lamp has a hardened deep black shell to contrast with its interior copper frame, which reflects light to emit a warm glow.

With a focus on sustainability and simplicity of design, the lampshade is made of 100% natural materials. A natural binding agent consisting of flour and water is mixed with charcoal, before it is poured into a bell-shaped cast and baked at low temperatures for hours until solid. The copper is baked into the charcoal mixture whilst in the oven to create a solid bond between the elements. 

Schuppler says: “When Schwarzes Gold reaches the end of its life span, the charcoal material can easily be dissolved in water. Thus, the 100% biodegradable organic material is given back to nature and the rest can be recycled separately.”

The Stylus report Into the Black further explores the increased use of charred black and ashen black matt finishes within product and design.

Ingo Schuppler