The Slender and Height-Adjustable Parrot Lamp by Tobias Grau Shines at Salone del Mobile
Kids can sometimes teach parents new tricks. That’s what happened with Tobias Grau. Returning to Milan with his namesake lighting brand after a six-year absence, he handed design duties to his sons, Timon and Melchior, recent graduates of the University of the Arts Berlin, where they studied under Hito Steyerl and Ai Weiwei. The brothers proposed what amounts to heresy for a fixed-wire specialist: a cable-free lamp. Nodding to Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man series of sculptures, they hatched Parrot, a slender, height-adjustable floor lamp topped with a rotating, touch-dimmable LED diffuser. Its aluminum composition comes powder-coated orange, light blue, white, or black. As for the cord, it’s been replaced by a battery pack providing 100 hours per charge.