Lampino Turns Tbilisi's Historical Buildings Into Decorative Lamps
''I am an art critic by education, therefore knowledge, and a special love for old Tbilisi and Georgian architecture, in general, help me to implement ideas correctly. What I like, love, and evoke special emotions in me translates into works that don't go unnoticed by the naked eye, the feeling of coziness that each pattern carries is contagious and this is the most enjoyable thing I can do in the process of working,'' said Keti Nozadze, the founder of Lampino, brand of original handmade lamps. We asked her wanted to learn more about techniques she uses to revive Georgia's historical buildings and many more:
What got you into designing and inspired you to create Lampino?
The works created under the name of Lampino were constantly on my mind but I never thought about their implementation, especially their realization, until the moment I had my first child, I didn't lead an active life, spent more time at home and therefore started looking for the business that first of all, would not prevent me from having a full-fledged relationship with my child, but it would be interesting, enjoyable and profitable as well.
Get us through your working day.
I work on Lampino products completely alone at this stage, the process starts with thinking about the design, and often I even have trouble sleeping. The emotional moment is when the idea is already mature in the mind and ready to meet reality. Then it starts physical work, working in the program, fabricating material and processing it, priming, painting, decorating, functional arrangement, even packaging is done by me. In the end, my spouse helps me in the sale. You will agree, it's not the easiest process, it is very time consuming and long work but the result is always emotional and pleasant, especially the energy received from the customer.
What materials and techniques do you use to create your beautiful works?
I use many types of materials to create the work, be it wood, decorative cement, metal, textiles, different types of paints or electrical wiring, and the necessary details. The work process is very lively and diverse, often in the process, I come up with an idea of what and how to use it. Where you can achieve the desired result with paint and where engraving. The main thing is always to maintain and convey the mood, what characterizes the architecture and what gives life to the light, how this mood is achieved does not matter, the ways are diverse and I always choose the direction that is also an indicator of quality.
What’s your favourite project that you’ve worked on? And what’s ahead of you?
You will probably not be surprised that my favorite project is the revival of old Tbilisi architecture in my works, I follow this line today and I already have many ideas waiting to be implemented, when I create a lamp my goal is not only to create a decorative item but something valuable for the Georgian culture and prolonging the life of those details.
I'm excited about the current project, and soon we will add Svan tower, Rachuli oda, and many other interesting lamps.