Pieke Bergmans, born in 1978, studied graphic design in the Netherlands and did her Master of Art in London. We find her melting lamp design kind of amusing as it put us a smile on our face the first time we saw it.
Bergmans opened a studio in Amsterdam and a studio in Milan at the via Tortona, were she held exhibitions on a yearly basis during the Salone del Mobile. She started working on a large variety of projects around the globe, stretching many different borders.
Her international breakthrough was in 2008 with the Light Blubs, this series of glass light-objects that refer to the archetypal incandescent lamp. By literally blowing up the bulb, she confirms the iconic status of this light source. She emphasizes this traditional way of working by fluidly allowing the glass to find its new form and strech it to the max. She places everyday implements in a different, surprising context. Besides the minimal look of each lamp, they can be the focus decorative piece in a project.
Bergmans works have been exhibited at several worldwide museums and are also part of private collections.
In 2014 the Noordbrabants Museum in s’Hertogenbosch showed a retrospective of her works. Although, by definition, her works are primarily been geared to collectors and museums, Bergmans has collaborated with various like-minded companies as Rosenthal, Comme des Garçons & Vitra.
She also became ‘Designer of the Year’ in Brazil in 2013.