The Apothecary Collection was conceived as a way to celebrate persons that have changed the face of medical science, while creating pieces of functional art that both inspire and delight.
It combines hand sculptured pieces of timber with antique glass medicine and surgical bottles!
Few physicians have been as seminal as Hippocrates. He is usually considered the father of western medicine and we feel he has fully earnt his place within The Apothecary Collection.
When we conceptualized this lamp we wanted a design which showed the duality of the Hippocratic oath, do no harm, while having to deal with the personal conflicts that come with it.
Dr Elizabeth Blackwell is the namesake for this magical piece. When we designed it, we wanted a design that shows the state of balancing between one’s aspiration to achieve and external forces working against you.
This is why it seems to hang in the air, unaffected by gravity, glowing almost magically from its hidden light sources.
The Hungarian physician Ignaz Semmelweis was influential in establishing sanitary conditions in healthcare. The idea of connecting the name of a physician so embedded with cleanliness, with a used vintage medicine bottle might seem strange, but the actual concept adds clarity.
The bottle itself draws parallels with the imperfections highlighted by Ignaz Semmelweis. In this case, we thought of him as portrayed by the light beneath.
There are few scientists that have saved more lives than Dr Alexander Fleming. He allowed us to effectively and painlessly treat many bacterial infections that previously, led to death; with his unintended discovery of antibiotics.
In the same way as Fleming’s work on the Staph bacterium, led to the discovery of antibiotics; our work on the original (discarded) lamp led to the idea for this version. We both loved the parallel, and 'Fleming' was born!
Challenging and controversial, the father of psychoanalysis was undoubtedly one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century. When conceptualising the lamp, we wanted to be able to celebrate Freud’s groundbreaking theory, his tripartite model of ego, super ego and id.
These three vintage apothecary bottles, each with a different purpose, come together to create this beautiful piece.
As the maker of the family is trained in counselling and considers himself a Jungian, we couldn't miss Jung, the father of analytical psychology.
Within this lamp two of his concepts merge. The theory of introverted and extroverted personalities, within the two pots; but also highlighting their interconnectedness within the collective unconscious, via the box with the open top.
Considered one of the founders of immunology, his work led to the eradication of smallpox, in the 1970's.
It is estimated that at the time of Jenner's work, smallpox killed 400,000 people annually in Europe alone. His research provided the framework for much of modern immunology.
Through his studies on the effects of psychiatric drugs, Dr Kraepelin is one of the founders of pharmacopsychotherapy.
He also contributed to the field of psychiatric genetics and was one of the initiators of cross-cultural psychiatry.