... The ability to directly influence the ambience in one’s space is very tempting and inspirational…isn’t it?
This is where the story of the Dart lamps begins...
Growing up in Kovacica, the Vojvodina Plain, Daniel Valovec (born in 1981) had almost daily encounters with a singular fruit – the gourd, be it as a plant, or the dried fruit that is used in households for a variety of purposes. In recent times, the world-renowned Kovacica naive painters use the dried shell of the gourd as a canvas for painting.
Still, Daniel, surrounded by this specific painting style, sought a new, fresh wave of creativity to articulate his unique artistic view. Thus, in the dried shell of the gourd, he recognized the exceptional and unusual artistic potential.
It was after completing his design studies in Belgrade (2005), that he made his first Dart lamp.
Daniel finds the greatest inspiration for making Dart lamps in nature. Respecting the motto - that nature is the greatest of all artists – his work with the gourds always starts from the very shape and size of the fruit dictated by nature. When holding the dried shell of the gourd in your hands, ideas and creative solutions spring – it is in these moments that a perfect blend of nature and art comes together.
The manufacturing process itself is lengthy and contains many phases. Most of these phases require great patience and skill, as each detail is made by hand. The shape of the gourd determines the shape of the lamp, but also the shape and arrangement of the ornaments that will adorn it, therefore each lamp is truly one of a kind.
The Dart lamp represents a harmony between two contrasts - in the daylight, when it is turned off, it displays ornaments varying in color, shape, and depth of carving. Once turned on, through the light, it reflects those ornaments on the space around it creating a magical atmosphere.
These contrasts of light and shadows are the artist's greatest inspiration and the core of the ideas of the Dart lamp itself.