These lamps were created from coconut shells, and once lit, enhance any room with a dramatic effect.
He calls them Nymphs.
Serpentine lamps made by Vainius Kubilius do much more than light the space in which they occupy. They transform the entire atmosphere of a room. The carvings on these Nymphs cast elongated patterns on the walls, ceiling, and floors. Each lamp is made from cork, suede, and coconuts.
“The head of the lamp is made out of coconut,” Kubilius tells MyModernMet, “but after careful shaving, waxing, and drilling, it shines like some sort of jewel.”
When he first started these creations, it would take Kubilius nine months to finish one lamp. Now, after just a few days, he can see his work completed.
Kubilius says that the most difficult process is designing the patterns that reflect light onto the walls.
“Not all light patterns look good,” he explains in an email to MyModernMet. “By creating many of them I learned what looks best and what people enjoy the most.” Ultimately, he admits, “I want people who turn my lamp on in the evenings to feel like they’re in a magical place surrounded by a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Nymphs’s lamps create a small oasis in every interior.”
The coconut is the head of each serpentine lamp with thousands of tiny holes hand-drilled in, and cleared with the artist’s breath, allowing light to spill out in various patterns.
For those of you who think this process might be simple, trust us, it’s a lot more involved than simply drilling holes into a coconut, as Kubilius explains to MyModernMet.
“Creating the lamp base starts from knowing physics and doing electricians work–knowing what kind of light creates sharp shadows, taking the right components, welding them correctly and testing every lamp.”
When asked about his influence for the designs themselves, Kubilius admits he has always been an ‘admirer of geometry, ornaments, and patterns.’
“For me,” he says, “the patterns don’t have one meaning or one idea. They’re full of concepts. For me, every pattern stands for something–some emotion, atmosphere or even a story–but I don’t add them.”
Kubilius prefers for every person to interpret the design and space how they feel it reflects for them, personally.
Look at the difference in atmosphere the lamp creates in this room below:
After adding the lamp:
What do you think about these amazing serpentine lamps?