It was in 1951 that the German designer Bernard Schottlander created the MANTIS lighting collection. Movement, which is the source of inspiration for all of Schottlander's work, is an essential component of the Mantis Floor Lamp, whose shade seems to soar into the air like an acrobat. The poetry of this floor lamp, which uses an ingenious and clever pivot-counterweight system, is quite unique.
Bernard Schottländer was born in 1924 in Germany, a country he fled in the late 30s to take refuge in London, where he worked as a welder in armament factories. After the war, he attended sculpture courses at Leeds College of Art and St John's Wood with a grant from the Anglo-French Art Center. His past as a welder affected all his work to come, including his collection of Mantis lamps, created in 1951, inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Their pivot and balance, stem of flexible metal and helical lampshade give Mantis lamps a lightness and unique balance.