MANTIS Collection by Bernard SCHOTTLANDER
Driven by the same energy that led us to reproduce the series of lights by the French engineer Bernard-Albin Gras and the chair Surpil, we are delighted to present here those by an equally extraordinary artist, the English sculptor-designer Bernard Schottlander.
As admirer of Alexander Calder, in 1951 Schottlander created the “MANTIS” series of lamps.
Movement is intrinsic to all of Schottlander’s work: an artist, an engineer and in no small measure a handyman, he devised a clever system of counterweights combined with a series of strong and flexible metal bars. The shade also is unique of its kind. Like an acrobat suspended in mid-air, it is made from aluminium using spinning and chasing techniques that are a part of the metalworker’s inventory of skills, but to which he has brought his sculptor’s eye to create a helical movement in which the symmetrical and the asymmetrical are in opposition.
Bernard Schottlander 1924 / 1999
Bernard Schottlander was born in Mainz, Germany in 1924 and moved to England in 1939. After serving with the British Army in India, he learnt to weld and took a course in Sculpture at Leeds College of Art and subsequently – with the help of a bursary – at the Anglo-French art centre in St John’s Wood. Bernard Schottlander described himself as a designer for interiors and a sculptor for exteriors.
After several successful years as an industrial designer, Bernard Schottlander chose to concentrate on sculpture. In the late 1950’s he established a workshop in North London where he was ably assisted for many years by George Nash. From 1965 he taught metalwork at St Martins School of Art. In the same year he was part of the group show Six Artists at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and in the following year (1966) had his first solo show at the Hamilton Galleries, London.
About DCW Editions
It’s the passion of Philippe Cazer and Frédéric Winkler for objects that led them to create DCW Editions. Objects: companions to our daily existence that are reliable, honest, carefully thought through and perfectly crafted. Objects: perfect of their kind, but also beautiful and generous. Objects: that we treat with respect, but which we grow attached over time. Objects: a way of living, a way of seeing. Currently DCW Editions includes three timeless objects that we wish to share and bring to a wider audience.
The “Lampe GRAS” is a model of balance, elegance and transparency and has become an icon in the history of lighting.
The “chaise SURPIL” combining chic comfort with grace and discretion is as suitable in doors as well as outdoors.
The “Lampe MANTIS” designed in 1951 tribute to Calder by the sculptor Bernard Schottlander.
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