You are about to learn a snippet. In the Italian language, if you put “porca” meaning pork before words, you will mean to make an insult. For example, porca miseria means “god damn it!”, or “for god’s sake!”, or “holy god!”. However, when you look at each word separately, the words are just fine! Therefore, when you hear an Italian saying this expression, be careful.
But today, our main goal is to talk about a chandelier named Porca Miseria designed by Ingo Maurer. The lighting artist stated in an interview that he was looking for a name for his new design. One day he showed the chandelier to an Italian. The Italian simply said “Porca Miseria!” which became the name of the chandelier.
by Ingo Maurer
When you first see the Porca Miseria chandelier, you will feel the slow motion of the broken plates. We believe that every person understands a different meaning of the chandelier. For example, a person stated that the chandelier reminds her of hotheaded lovers who have broken plates during their fights. Some other people said that he gets a feeling of falling apart from the chandelier.
Ingo Maurer and his team did a great job while producing these chandeliers. The team can only produce 10 pieces in a year. Because they have to work on 1 piece for weeks. Four people work on 1 piece. Can you imagine how much effort they give? The team breaks the plates with a hammer or they simply throw them on the ground. As the plates are broken arbitrarily, each chandelier is unique.
Lastly, we would like to give brief information about the designer, Ingo Maurer. The artist started designing incredible lighting systems in the mid-60s. Since the first day, his designs have been appreciated by the whole world. He has won many awards such as the Lucky Strike Designer Award of Raymond Loewy Foundation, Collab’s Design Excellence Award, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Oribe Award, Japan, Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, and so on.