Written by Raj Balu
The creative ethos of German industrial designer Burkhard Dämmer stems from one highly practical question: “How do I find a good answer to this problem?” By rigorously questioning the use, life and overall vision of a product from the outset, he’s able to find satisfying solutions to a variety of challenges, both age-old and modern. For this ability, Dämmer is valued by his lighting, kitchenware, bath amenity and furniture clients including Adhoc GmbH, DO-CE Mueble, FDV, Modiss Iluminacion, Radeberger Group, Roof Design and many others. He’s been the recipient of awards including IF, DesignPlus, FORM, ADI Design Index and CDiM, and has been widely published in books and magazines. Notably, Dämmer studied industrial design at the University of FH Darmstadt in Germany and the University of San Jose in California.
Of the many collaborative and fruitful partnerships Dämmer’s enjoyed, it’s perhaps his decade-plus relationship with boutique lighting company LZF Lamps that’s resulted in his most transcendent pieces. Drawn to working with the LZF team, including Marivi Calvo and Sandro Tothill, as well as with the company’s unique materials, Dämmer’s preeminent creation with them—the Dandelion S—is a suspension lamp that revels in ingenuity.
A radiant composite of many single geometric floret-like shades, each one enveloped by LZF’s wood veneer, the wildly imaginative piece draws its inspiration from nature and coalesces in a collective and brilliant whole. To add to its distinction, it was honored with a 2016 German Design Award, following its 2015 Chicago Good Design Award. Dandelion S exquisitely demonstrates lighting in bloom.