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Rispal Floor Lamp - my interpretation...

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Project by Michael O'Brien posted 06-20-2021 08:15 AM 1113 views 3 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend asked me to make a Rispal Floor Lamp for his home. Designed and made by Jean Rispal in the 1950’s, I agreed to give it a go. Looking at it, it seemed like something I should be able to do without too much trouble…(first error). Knowing I would make a pattern, I offered to make two – suggesting it would be just as easy (second error). Thought I’d be able to complete the job in a week, (next error!), fortunately I insisted this would be completed at my pace – and could take longer! Finally a sensible suggestion.
Long story – short, the oil finishing took ten days, and whist I made three and a pattern the job took me over four weeks. Including the wiring and light fitting, which luckily was an Edison Light Globe.
He was really happy with the two I made for him, and I was able to complete the third as a keepsake. My wife is gradually liking it…

Made in Wenge, and finished in Kunos Oil. It was well out of my comfort zone. Not a straight edge to be found. Really enjoyable.

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 06-20-2021 10:16 AM

not my cup of tea design wise but I totally appreciate the craftsmanship involved to complete the project(s).
outstanding !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Michael O'Brien

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#2 posted 06-20-2021 10:29 AM



not my cup of tea design wise but I totally appreciate the craftsmanship involved to complete the project(s).
outstanding !!

- recycle1943


Thanks Dick,
The design is polarising, but I’m pleased my friend asked me to make them. Left to me I would not have, but pleased l did….
Cheers

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Peteybadboy

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#3 posted 06-20-2021 10:40 AM

Michael,

That is really cool! Nice work!

-- Petey

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Michael O'Brien

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#4 posted 06-20-2021 10:53 AM



Michael,

That is really cool! Nice work!

- Peteybadboy


Thanks Pete…. Check this: https://www.ylighting.com/the-praying-mantis-floor-lamp-by-rispal-RISP310422.html

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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crowie

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#5 posted 06-20-2021 11:08 AM

Looks like a designer decorator piece of furniture out of a high end store, very swish.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Michael O'Brien

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#6 posted 06-20-2021 11:23 AM



Looks like a designer decorator piece of furniture out of a high end store, very swish.

- crowie


Thanks Crowne…
Check this – https://www.ylighting.com/the-praying-mantis-floor-lamp-by-rispal-RISP310422.html

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 06-20-2021 01:49 PM

The design is above my pay grade but the work involved is awesome. My first impression is it looked like a stick bug. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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mtnwild

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#8 posted 06-20-2021 03:06 PM

UH, WOW !

Love the simplicity of your design, less is more. . . Plus your great skill to pull that off. . .

Beautiful. . .

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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pottz

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#9 posted 06-20-2021 03:36 PM

i like it very cool design.love the light of the edison bulb.it’s good to step out of our comfort zone some times or we just keep repeating the same type of work.great job michael.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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mtnwild

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#10 posted 06-20-2021 04:05 PM

I really should read the story before commenting, I suppose . . . Thought you designed that . . .Still great job . . .

Was wondering, how the electric cord was attached along the spine. . .Is it in a groove ?

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Ivan

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#11 posted 06-20-2021 04:49 PM

Realy classy and elegant design… Alomoust artistic

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Madmark2

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#12 posted 06-20-2021 05:18 PM

Unique.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#13 posted 06-20-2021 07:20 PM

I think it’s cool. The next-to-last photo, where the three lamps are arranged spine-to-spine, looks like modern sculpture.

-- Ron Stewart

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Michael O'Brien

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#14 posted 06-20-2021 10:06 PM



The design is above my pay grade but the work involved is awesome. My first impression is it looked like a stick bug. Nice work.

- doubleDD


Thanks Dave…

-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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Michael O'Brien

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#15 posted 06-20-2021 10:28 PM


The design is above my pay grade but the work involved is awesome. My first impression is it looked like a stick bug. Nice work.

- doubleDD


-- Michael, Melbourne Australia

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