Jean-Luc Godard’s lamps are much more than that. A self-taught artist with a passion for wood and metal, Godard treats his work as “sculptural lighting” rather than simple devices that make light and heat.
Originally born and raised in France, he moved to the United States in 1989, where he works from his cozy studio situated at the edge of a nature preserve in the rolling foothills of the Berkshires in northwestern Connecticut. With the meadow outside the studio filled with wildflowers, inspiration comes easy for Godard.
His sculptural lighting pieces focus on organic designs and minimalist concepts, with his creations directly responding to the surrounding environment and his everyday experiences. As such, his work isn’t confined to one specific style or theme. “While others may develop one style and reproduce countless versions of it, for me, the creative process is a journey that takes you to places limited only by your imagination,” he writes poetically on his website.
With a background in furniture design and custom sign making, Godard knows how to work with raw materials, carving intricate sculptures from wood and metal. “I pride myself on having a keen eye for choosing the perfect materials,” he writes, “those with beautiful natural curves and unique grain to the wood, which make my pieces unique and which define my work as that of a naturalist.”
Take a look at some of his unique creations in the gallery below: