- Thomas Wiuf Schwartz
In such a digital era as today’s, when you can buy anything with just a click of a button and read by swiping a finger, we sometimes miss things as simple and as human as a touch, and everything that entails. The tactile experience of design will forever be one of its main draws over digital, and one product we’ve recently got to grips with is Kaschkasch’s minimal Bolita table lamp. Led by design duo Florian Kallus and Sebastian Schneider, Kaschkasch wanted to create an expressive product with character while applying restraint to the design.
The Bolita lamp, made for Marset, beckons you to touch it to adjust it. The concept is simple but magical. It is a lamp with a mechanical dimming process. A technologically innovative design that brings back the sense of touch. Its structure is one of pure simplicity; a rounded surface that houses an LED located on a central axis, and an overlapping glass sphere that when moved, creates an eclipse effect. Moving the Bolita lamp dims or boosts the light—an interplay that captivates with its beautiful visual effect.
Bolita seeks out that user interaction. The idea of Florian and Sebastian at the Kaschkasch studio was to design a lamp in which the dimming process was mechanical and not electronic. A technologically innovative design that brings back the sense of touch.
Kaschkasch wields a characteristic formal language that is inherently present in each design: it is a symbiosis of straightforwardness and beauty that toes the line between function and formal severity.
The results of the duo‘s work are modest, intelligent, and logical. Florian and Sebastian share a background that combines hands-on and academic education. Both are trained as cabinet makers followed by studies in product design. This versatility informs everything the studio does.