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The Crane Lamp is a playful, kinetic light that can change dramatically in height and shape to suit your home.
The Crane Lamp is a playful, kinetic light that can change dramatically in height and shape to suit your home.
The Crane Lamp is a playful, kinetic light that can change dramatically in height and shape to suit your home.
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Crane, the Kinetic Lamp

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The Crane Lamp is a playful, movable light designed by London-based design studio Animaro.

Desk Crane Lamp made from Sapele wood
Desk Crane Lamp made from Sapele wood

The lamp can change dramatically in height and shape, its moving form inspired by the shape of the Crane Bird extending its neck to catch prey.

 

Making a telephone call used to involve winding a keypad and lifting a receiver. Playing some music used to involve placing a record on a turntable and lowering the needle. Keeping time used to involve winding a spring loaded clock mechanism with a key.

Brass rack and pinion ensures a smooth motion
Brass rack and pinion ensures a smooth motion

We used to interact with the objects around us far more than we do now. There was less automation, fewer user interfaces and less hidden technology. Everything was on show and everything could be adapted. The Crane Lamp is the first of a range of products from Animaro that seeks to celebrate mechanical movements and bring back a closeness with the objects in our home.

The Crane Lamp is composed of hardwood parts connected by pins. These parts can rotate about each other making the lamp expand and contract.

 

The lamp can adapt to your home depending on how much space you have. it can be put in its lowest position when you need to save space. The lamp is also quite narrow meaning it can fit in small gaps between furniture.

 

The lamp can be raised to any position and will always hold its height. This is because the weight of the lamp is balanced against the strength of a spring.

 

Desk Crane Lamp made from Oak
Desk Crane Lamp made from Oak

 

It is incredibly easy to raise and lower the lamp; just push or pull any part of the structure and it will move. The spring is designed to lessen the weight of the lamp, so it feels very light to raise.

 

 You can choose from the following options...

The lamp is available in two sizes, the Floor or Desk version. More details on the sizes are given in the Technical Spec section below.

Crane Desk Lamp & Crane Floor Lamp
Crane Desk Lamp & Crane Floor Lamp

 

 The Crane lamp is available in three types of wood: Oak, Walnut or Sapele.

 

The colour of the wood after being finished with oil
The colour of the wood after being finished with oil

 

OAK (This is the Desk lamp, Floor Lamp also available in Oak)
OAK (This is the Desk lamp, Floor Lamp also available in Oak)

 

SAPELE (This is the Desk lamp, Floor Lamp also available in Sapele)
SAPELE (This is the Desk lamp, Floor Lamp also available in Sapele)

 

WALNUT (This is the Floor lamp, Desk Lamp also available in Walnut)
WALNUT (This is the Floor lamp, Desk Lamp also available in Walnut)

 

The fabric covered 3 core cable is made in Italy and comes in 6 colours, Navy, Green, Anthracite (black & white), mustard yellow, burgundy and rust.

 

 

The Crane Lamp is made from hardwood and brass moving parts. Each part has been designed to fulfill its function and to be beautiful in its own right.

 The wooden parts are CNC machined in a workshop in London from solid planks of wood. They are then sanded and oiled.

 

 

The Brass joints are machined from solid brass and are made in a factory in the UK. They hold the cable safely in place while the lamp is moving.

 

The cable is sourced from Italy and the brass lampholder is made in the UK. The cable is threaded through the lamp joints so that it is free to move with the lamp.

Final assembly of the Crane Lamp
Final assembly of the Crane Lamp

 

 Crane Lamp Floor extends from 47cm long and 59cm high to 85cm long and 180cm high.

Crane Lamp Floor Dimensions
Crane Lamp Floor Dimensions

 Crane Lamp Desk extends from 40cm long and 44cm high to 64cm long and 95cm high.

Crane Lamp Desk Dimensions
Crane Lamp Desk Dimensions

 

The Crane Lamp does not come with a lampshade because we wanted to keep it as simple as possible; the rest of the design is already quite complicated! The bulbs we use produce a soft warm glow so they work perfectly well without a shade. There is no need to cover them up.

However, we have provided a Lampholder with a shade ring so it is perfectly possible to add your own shade to the Crane Lamp!

 The shape of the Crane Lamp base has been designed especially to keep the lamp stable even when fully extended.

Extra width at the base for stability
Extra width at the base for stability

 The Crane Lamp Floor has additional steel plates hidden inside the base to add additional weight and keep it stable.

Steel Plates concealed within base of Floor Lamp
Steel Plates concealed within base of Floor Lamp

 

 The wooden parts are hand finished in oil to protect the wood from stains and spills. All the moving parts have been designed to withstand frequent use.

 

There have been a number of iterations and many hours of testing before reaching the final design. We have created many previous prototypes and rigorously tested each to see what worked and what did not.

 

We use 3D design software that allows us to visualise movement and test designs virtually before building them. This is critical so we don’t need to make hundreds of prototypes!

 

We have run a workshop to experiment with variations of the shape of the Crane Lamp and how it can be made.

 

We have also exhibited earlier versions of the lamp in London and Milan to gather and implement important feedback

 

 

Read more about Matt's inspirations and motivation in an Interview with the Holborn Magazine here:

Interview with Matt Gilbert designer of the Crane Lamp
Interview with Matt Gilbert designer of the Crane Lamp

 

  

  If you want to get involved but not yet sure if you want to buy a Crane Lamp, you can still get something that moves! The Crane Fidget Toy is a small expanding circular structure. made from 6mm thick walnut and nickel coated custom machined fixings. Finished and assembled by hand in a workshop in London.

 

 

It's Pocket Sized!
It's Pocket Sized!

 

 

 

 

We ship worldwide. Please check the location when you pledge for a Crane Lamp to get the correct shipping rate. Please be aware that you may be eligible to pay import duty if you are ordering from outside the EU.

Animaro is a furniture design studio founded in 2015 by Matt Gilbert and based in London. Inspired by all things kinetic, Matt enjoys working with mechanics and motion to create playful moving furniture. This involves combining springs, pin joints, bearings and anything that moves to create pieces of furniture that playfully express forces such as gravity and friction. Matt has exhibited furniture in London, Milan and Copenhagen and is now bringing his designs to the market via Kickstarter (with your help :)

Animaro at Clerkenwell Design Week
Animaro at Clerkenwell Design Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

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72 hours left!

We are now offering Plumen Bulbs with the Crane Lamp!

We will now be offering Plumen WattNott LED filament bulbs as an optional bulb upgrade! The Plumen WattNott bulbs boast 25000 hours of life and are 10x more efficient that regular filament bulbs. Plumen have also worked to match the colour temperature of vintage style filament bulbs. We have tested out some sample bulbs and they look great :)  

As soon as the campaign has finished we will send out a survey to all backers asking about preferred cable colours etc and will also include the option for the Plumen bulb upgrade. I will be offering the WattNott Willis bulb (pictured left) and the WattNott Wilbur (pictured right).

 

 

Risks and challenges

Manufacturing complicated moving furniture is not particularly easy and represents risk and unknowns to many established factories. For this reason and a wish to preserve the highest quality, most of the manufacturing and assembly happens in our workshop in London.

All prototyping and sampling of outsourced parts is complete and has been done at our cost before this campaign because we are very confident in the product. This has removed a large part of the risk in the production process.

We have tried to accommodate risks and unknowns as much as possible into our production plans but sometimes it is very difficult to foresee things that can go wrong. We have worked with several manufacturers when developing each part, so should a factory experience problems or a shut-down there are always others with which we will be able to work. We are confident we have done everything we can before launching this campaign to minimize risk during the production phase.

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    Crane Lamp Floor Earlybird

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    Crane Lamp Floor

    Your chance to own a Crane Floor Lamp at a price 25% less than RRP!

    This price is for Oak or Sapele. Please add £70 if you would like Walnut.

    This includes a 40W edison screw lightbulb (as pictured) and will be shipped in October 2017.

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    Crane Lamp Desk & Floor Pack

    Your chance to own a Desk & Floor Crane Lamp at a price 28% less than RRP!

    This price is for Oak or Sapele. Please add £35 if you would like a Walnut Desk Lamp and add £65 if you would like a Walnut Floor Lamp or add £100 for both.

    Finished and assembled by hand in a workshop in London.

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    5 x Crane Lamp Desk Pack

    Your chance to own 5 x Desk Crane Lamps at a price 30% less than RRP!

    This price is for Oak or Sapele. Please add £35 per lamp if you would like Walnut.

    This includes 5 x 40W edison screw lightbulbs (as pictured) and will be shipped in October 2017.

    Finished and assembled by hand in a workshop in London.

    This price does not include shipping - please select your destination from the drop down menu to be given the correct shipping rate.

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    Pledge £1,995 or more About $2,583

    5 x Crane Lamp Floor Pack

    Your chance to own 5 x Floor Crane Lamps at a price 30% less than RRP!

    This price is for Oak or Sapele. Please add £60 per lamp if you would like Walnut.

    This includes 5 x 40W edison screw lightbulbs (as pictured) and will be shipped in October 2017.

    Finished and assembled by hand in a workshop in London.

    This price does not include shipping - please select your destination from the drop down menu to be given the correct shipping rate.

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