Dwell 24: Simon Schmitz



From light and shadow to movement and mechanics‚ Hamburg-based lighting designer Simon Schmitz‚ 29‚ is part sculptor‚ part puppeteer.

On the Raa lamp, the angle of light can also be manually adjusted.

SchmitzA graduate of HFBK Hamburg‚ Schmitz has designs in production and development with DCW Editions and Martinelli Luce. He manipulates light as though it were a material to be shaped and guided. His AARO lamp is a balancing act involving a single sphere joint that allows the lamp to move fluidly in any direction.

The Raa lamp by Simon Schmitz.

The Raa lamp by Simon Schmitz.

Photo courtesy of Simon Schmitz

For his Raa lamp‚ the angle of light can also be manually adjusted. It shines through an engraved acrylic shade‚ which creates shadows and textured patterns on the wall. “I’m excited about objects that do not want to hide themselves‚ but dare to make a statement‚” he says.

The Y3 Series by Simon Schmitz.

The Y3 Series by Simon Schmitz.

Photo courtesy of Simon Schmitz

Read why Schmitz’s dream house would include a jungle of plants, along with his other responses to our Q&A, below.

Hometown: Hamburg, Germany

Describe what you make in 140 characters. I work with light. To me, a light fixture is more of a sculpture than a piece of furniture. I am fascinated by the possibilities that come with it.

What’s the last thing you designed? A one off light concept for a public park

Do you have a daily creative ritual? Sort of. If I only have a vague idea of where a project could lead, I simply start drawing; I know the rest will develop during the process. Sometimes, I put the idea aside, then come back to it later and see which rudiments have potential.

How do you procrastinate? Yes, with the help of the internet. 

What everyday object would you like to redesign? Why? Less of an object, but I would like to redesign a subway roadmap. I’m fascinated by finding the most logical way for lines to meet at certain junctions and the composition that results.

The Raa lamp shines through an engraved acrylic shade‚ which creates shadows and textured patterns on the wall.

The Raa lamp shines through an engraved acrylic shade‚ which creates shadows and textured patterns on the wall.

Photo courtesy of Simon Schmitz

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