was the beginning of a now 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 was thought of as a basic
utility 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. This size will absorb more oil than needed,
especially at a time when the cost of oil is high and a limited
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 under the
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 under 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