Raphael
Kadid

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Current
2020—2021

     Oblago

     Philae

     Espelma


Selected
2016—2021

     Cheverny

     IO

     Plywood Bed
     Al Bookshelf
     BLX2
     Signal
     Orion
     Altitude

     Copper Shade

     Moon

     Blue Line

     Autumn

     Eclipse


Selected
2013—2016

     Brass Bookshelf
     Brass Table III
     Brass Table I
     Brass Lamp XI

     Brass Lamp X

     Brass Lamp IX

     Brass Lamp VIII

     Brass Lamp VI

     Brass Lamp V

     Brass Lamp III

     Brass Lamp II

     Brass Lamp I


About

Raphael Kadid is a Switzerland based French designer and architect, specialising in the creation and design of lamps; the designs of which teeter between experimental artefacts and contemporary objects, redefining and re-examining the boundaries of the lamps themselves as household items.

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Raphael Kadid
Objects



“The design works of Basel-based Raphael Kadid are sculptures in their own right; beautiful objects that exist as examples of accumulative, eclectic inspiration lineages that span across offerings from the past century. With a focus predominantly on lamps in particular, his creations— futuristic, uncanny and beautifully strange, remain a bastion of hope for independent craft, creation and their respective cultures.” D. Merritt

All objects are limited editions handmade in Basel. Objects of the category Current are available for purchase.
—All objects are open for edition.

All material published on this website © Raphael Kadid unless otherwise specified



Pentre Ifan, Wales — Syd Mead, Singercar, 1964
Oblago
2021.05

Aluminum, E14 Led only

Edition of 20
[order]

Oblago is a table lamp made of five massive aluminum elements. The lamp is inspired by primitive architecture and neo-futurist concept art. Its design is the result of a research on ellipsoid geometries, shapes nearly impossible to achieve by hand, but where contemporary machining techniques have no difficulties. The columns are made by turning, whereas the body of the lamp is made by the carving of a single block of aluminum to its limits – at the tangent between inner and outer shell, only 1 mm wall thickness remains. To provide stability, the four massive columns are expanding their geometries outside the body's perimeter, allowing a wider ground contact. The arrangement of the columns and the lamp's proportions are purposely ambiguous. While the ratio between columns and body relates to the timeless architecture of the dolmens, their position refers to the figure of a trotting horse, bringing motion in the composition, and a certain sense of animality. The name Oblago is a homage to the american industrial designer Syd Mead, and his book Oblagon, published in 1996.

On display at Raphael Kadid Objects.

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Cheverny
2021.09

Aluminum, Glass, E14 Led

A series of chandeliers and wall lights for the new gastronomic restaurant of Les Sources de Cheverny, a domain near Chambord in France.

Divided into three square rooms separated by sliding panels, the space is reminiscent of traditional Japanese architecture: a wooden framework forming a regular structure of posts and crosspieces.
As an echo to the non-oriented geometry of the space, the chandeliers are forming large silver circles.
Seven wall lights are placed on each pillars of the facade to complete the composition.

Transparent in the image of the place, the chandeliers and wall lights are covered with 1093 coloured glass tubes. During the day, by playing with the reflections of natural light, and in the evening by diffusing the light from the bulbs, the luminaires come to life and create a subdued and mysterious atmosphere.

Architecture by Collet Muller

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SOM, American Republic Insurance Company, 1965, Ezra Stoller
Philae
2020.12

Aluminum, Colored MDF

On request
[order]

Philae is a modular bookshelf system made of cnc aluminum connectors and wooden panels. The structure works by triangulation–involving the use of triangular shapes to ensure stability and resistance to bending moments. The resulting inclination of the vertical panels enables books to safely stand with a 4° angle, avoiding the use of bookends.
The bookshelf is assembled-disassembled in standing position via M5 black screws, the main 16mm panels are free from any machining prior to assembly.
The name Philae stands as a reference to the Egyptian island Philae and its temple complex, and the lander Philae of the Rosetta spacecraft. The bookshelf embodies the correlation between timeless architecture and contemporary technologies.

On display at Raphael Kadid Objects.

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