Mantis lamps defy gravity


Created by German born, Bernard Schottlander, the Mantis range of lamps are sculptural works of art.

Schottlander fled Germany in the late 30’s and landed in London where he became a welder during the war. He went on to study sculpture at Leeds College of Art and the Anglo-French Art Centre.


Inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobiles, Schottlander designed the Mantis Lamps in 1951. Devising a clever system of counterweights combined with a series of strong and flexible metal bars, these iconic shaped lamps pivot and balance, seeming light and ethereal.

Mantis Lamps play between balance and imbalance and appear to defy the laws of gravity. The unique shade appears like an acrobat suspended mid-air. The result is a poetic elegance and an enduring classic design.


Curious Grace owner and buyer, Anna Curnuck, is excited to offer Australians the Mantis collection of table, ceiling, wall and floor lamps.

“I’ve long been an admirer of Schottlander’s work. The Mantis Lamps will never go out of style,” she says.


The Mantis Lamp collection can be found in store and online.