- Fuego Amigo! Amarist Studio and a new take on the mortar shell
Fuego Amigo - which means friendly fire - is the name of the latest creation by Arán Lozano and Clara Campo from Amarist Studio.
At first glance, an eye-catching lamp made from fine materials, a translucent alabaster lighting body lit by LEDs inside, and a metal part made from gold-plated brass. But when you look closer, this lighting object with its smooth, attractive shape shows its true nature - a faithful reproduction of an 80 mm mortar shell, one of last century's most commonly used projectiles, particularly during the Spanish Civil War.
From lethal weapon to exclusive home decor piece: a creative, artistic development of war industry products, which the two designers began last year with their Welcome Jewelry line. They made bracelets and chains from the barbed wire used by NATO on the Serbian border. Proceeds from the jewellery are going to the UNHCR as aid in the humanitarian refugee crisis.
Exploring the intrinsic beauty hidden in the design of a mortar shell also means redefining its meaning and its purpose. A design approach that could be taken as the first step towards change, not to mention a conversion of the war industry. Indeed, why not use the technological know-how and study of optimum form behind so many of these deadly products to craft something attractive and useful for humanity?
With the Fuego Amigo lamp, Amarist Studio proves that it's not "mission impossible".
Porject: Amarist Studio, https://amarist.com/
Images: Saul Lozano Photography