was the beginning of a fifteen year experiment with the question,
what should an
oil lamp look like, or how should it function in 1995 and beyond the year
The oil lamp of the past, was thought of as a basic
utility oil lamp and often produced in
polished brass or silver as a work of art at that time. It is this utility
that has intrigued this
exploration of a new oil lamp. The main problem with the traditional oil
lamp is the size of
their wicks. Normally 1/2" to 3/4"
flat wick and made of cotton were used. This size of wick
will absorb more oil than needed, especially at a time when the cost of oil is high and a
resource. Fiberglass wicks will last longer and are more efficient
wicking fuel than
a cotton wick. Starting with reducing the size
of the wick and removing the reservoir from
being directly below the
wick was the start of artlamp.
Moving the fuel reservoir from
directly under the flame, allowed more control of the fuel being
Common amongst traditional oil lamps
is their oil reservoir is directly under the flame. This
is not a necessity but an easy way
to build the oil lamp and we became use to seeing the
oil lamp in that configuration.
with the idea that the reservoir did not have to be directly below the
i.e. using the principle that water (oil) seeks its own level. Experiments began with Artlamp's first Contemporary Oil
Lamp the U12.
The purpose of this lamp was to test the
of a wick or the capillary
attraction of the wick with a remote reservoir. Fiberglass wicks
where found to be the best for use with ultra pure
lamp oil. The U12 generated
the idea for several other
Artlamp contemporary oil lamps
using oil resistant clear flexible
Contemporary Oil Lamp.
The design criteria for the Schneider Lamp was to create a tall
sculptural contemporary oil
lamp. Freedom of design was important as
seen in the loop of the clear flexible tubing,
the use of the diagonal
in its framework and the remote fuel reservoir.
Having a better understanding of the absorption of a wick, started a new
energy efficient contemporary oil lamps
such as: Artlamp's Pyramid.
For more technical information and development of the Pyramid oil
lamp go to The