Fascinating and Cool Lamps by Calabarte

Calabarte is the pseudonym of a Polish artist named Przemek Krawczynski, whose art takes on a peculiar but incredibly beautiful form: cool lamps. The name itself is a portmanteau of two words – art (obviously), and calabash, the fruit that carries his imagination. The calabash is a bottle gourd originating in India, although Calabarte gets his supply from Senegal.

Due to ancient domestication and usage, the bottle gourd has an incredibly tough outer shell. In the past, the gourd’s usage was defined mostly as a water container, due to having a tough, smooth shell with an ergonomic shape for handling, and natural buoyancy on water. Nevertheless, it’s edible both raw and cooked, and used in various cuisines.

But Calabarte’s usage for the gourd has to do with neither eating nor drinking, but rather, carving. Yes; he offers various cool lamps – from table and floor lamps to hanging ones – made entirely out of a carved calabash with a halogen bulb in it. With a background in architecture and a great mind for both mathematical detail and design, Calabarte’s patterns seem flawless – an interwoven combination of lines and holes that create splendid geometric art reminiscent of medieval pattern art, prior to the renaissance.

Due to the combination of dark, thick material with a light source within, the primary art of his work, however, shines in the dark. When the lights are off, and the lamp comes on, it bursts through the patterns and superimposes itself on the walls, creating beautiful images, ranging from giant butterflies to world maps, and intricate dotted ribbons.

Hard work, beauty, an exceptional degree of detail and a marriage between mathematical geometry and a rampant imagination – all imprinted onto the husk of a Senegal calabash. That is what Calabarte’s pieces are all about, and his skill and talent is definitely awe-inspiring.

Described as the art of light, Calabarte’s artistic tendencies truly took off in 2009, when he made his first gourd lamp, by chance of coming across a calabash. Despite that, however, he considers science to be the foremost inclination in mind. He studied building engineering, and worked in an architectural studio prior to quitting in 2010 and devoting himself to lamp-making after a trip to Senegal brought him a good supply of African calabashes.

When he’s not making cool lamps, Calabarte partakes in a number of physical activities, enjoying life through sports, travelling, and making music.

*** 2011-08-31 – Update ***
I have received many messages asking where to get those great lamps. The best answer that I can give is to check with the artist with the link that you will find at the end of the article. Thanks!

*** 2011-09-01 – Update from Calabarte ***
Thank You for all this such nice comments!
I see here a lot of questions about possibility of purchasing my lamps.
I don’t know how many people will read this comment.
All my lamps I make for sale.
For all info please contact me by: calabarte@gmail.com
Thank You!


Cool Lamps by Calabarte


  • Really amazing!



  • Fantastic work.. wish you would do a workshop in India:))

  • Now that is one awesome lamp

  • What a cool way to make art from a lamp. I like the globe one.

  • Is there a way to buy one of these? Like a website link or something?

    • grdg

      Every picture has a website clearly watermarked. (moderated)

      • Smile

        is there any need for that? Take a Chill pill. Life’s too short for such pointless anger and rudness. Use your time positively, it will get you much further quicker.

  • Colleen

    i guess they aren't for sale? I google shopping'd them with no results unfortunately. I'd love to have one of these lamps though!

  • dude Im so high,,.,

  • Take my money.

  • i too would like to know if these are for sale.

    great work!!

  • Dudeee, I'm so baked right now! Can't wait to buy these whenever they go on sale.

  • can i buy one?


    how much

    it will look sooooo cool in my room

    i loove them

    please can you either let me buy one or teach me how to make one?

    • Kelelo84

      just make one

    • greg

      you are stupid.

    • akilamotionless

      Theyre $2900 btw

  • OMG I would love to get one of these lamps for my friend!!! He would absolutely love it! Please let me know when and where I can get one!!

  • I'm guessing everyone who is asking about where to get these didn't notice his website and email watermarked on the photos or the link at the bottom of the post that says "website"…


  • Lol I'm high too and these look lovely. I totally want one!!

  • i loove them

  • These Lamps are so lovely. I would like to go ahead with purchase among one of them.

  • Adorable. I love the lamps so much I want 9 of them.

  • Hello,

    Thank You for all this such nice comments!

    I see here a lot of questions about possibility of purchasing my lamps.

    I don't know how many people will read this comment.

    All my lamps I make for sale.

    For all info please contact me by: calabarte@gmail.com

    Thank You! :-))

  • These are the most beautiful works of art I have ever seen!! I would cherish one and pass it down thru my family as an heirloom. I would love to be able to have one. They are all breathtaking.

    My 17 yr old SON was so amazed – he's the one who showed me the links. They are phenomenal ……… I would love to be able to give him one as a special gift to keep for decades to come.

    • Sanah

      @c0fffa6c57b5f4d5137c2bee21ae257d:disqus You sound like a .

    • greg


  • Amazing style of lamp.. Love it!

  • Presumably a halogen bulb (=small light source) used so you get a sharp shadow?

    • Przemek Krawczyński

      yes 🙂

  • Helló, meg írod nekem, hogy lehet -e tőled rendelni??..és az árakat??..

    Köszönöm tisztelettel: M. Attila.

  • these are amazing i would give you lots of my for tthese please sell me one 🙂

  • WOW… ies impresionante.. el efecto de luz q provocan esas lamparas.. como consigo una.. seria fabuloso podr tener una.. es q son verdaderamnete hermosas….. por favor….. digan donde las podemos obtener!!!

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  • awesome stuff buying one!

  • Photography Schools

    Creative one from where can i buy one ?

  • really very amazing piece of art, very inspiring indeed

  • abstracto

    Those are realy nice designed lamps! I’d love to get one on those.

  • emma

    this is pure art!!!!! <3

  • NGPhotographs

    I love these. Beautiful light and shadows. I want one.

  • Awww, these are so pretty and artistic. Infact, they are a work of art unto themselves.


  • Bakeca Incontrii

    Thanks for the info

  • conect2u

    Awesome! If you’re not making a killing selling these beautiful artful lights, you should be….ps make a chandelier or light fixtures for a dining room…

  • Wow! Amazing lamps! Love them all!

  • peter ojo


  • greg

    Every picture has either a website or an email on it, and you are still asking where to find them.

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  • Carmichaelamanda

    I signed up to be on his mailing list because I’m interested in purchasing one of these magnificent lamps, but I’m at the back of the line… (sad face). Such a tour de force!

  • Beautiful ..

  • Wooooow………….. it`s really amazing …….. !!!

  • some very nice ideeas, congrats for a nice post…

  • OliveeyedAnna

    They are for sale go to the website, I really hope he makes more I wouldn’t mind hanging a few of them in my house. (:

  • Cheryl

    This is way too cool! How creative!

  • interplaycouture

    Love it!!!

  • Annaxx

    Please update it .We are now on end of 2014 and there is a lot to be seen from his work . !!!!!!!!!!