Bankrobber: a renovated classic

by Sara S.

“My daddy was a bank robber but he never hurt nobody…” A story that brings together The Clash, a lamp and bank robbers, do you want to know it?

The protagonist of this story is Bankrobber, by Pablo Carballal.

Bankrobber? (The truth is, it’s kind of a suggestive name!)

We tell you more about it…

Do you remember the classic lamp placed on the bankers’, accountants’ or lawyers’ table crowned by a green tulip that concentrated the light in a single point? This lamp, often referred to as “banker’s lamp” or “Emeralite”, is still in high demand today as a decorative element in offices around the world.

All right, but what makes Bankrobber different from this kind of lamps?

Bankrobber, courtesy of Pablo Carballal

Bankrobber, courtesy of Pablo Carballal

Bankrobber is a review of this classic. Made exclusively of brass instead of glass as the classic Emeralite, this lamp manages to form a completely new image of this design without losing at the same time the essence that characterizes it.

Pablo Carballal

The head exaggerates its frontal inclination, sharpening the gesture towards what shines like a bird’s beak. The T-shaped shaft goes into its center, holding the head on both sides and holding up a pair of caps for the “bipin” luminaires, thus avoiding the deception of the original lamp in which, of the two identical fixings, only one leads to the bulb. The section of the conical base is like that of an Egyptian pyramid, solid and with service tunnels excavated in it, hidden from the eye and unaware of the symbology, for the passage of the cable.

Bankrobber, courtesy of Pablo Carballal

Bankrobber, courtesy of Pablo Carballal

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Although the lamp was originally intended to have a wood-finished base, he finally decided to discard that option to make it completely out of polished brass. This same base has a matt lacquer that gives Bankrobber a different touch.

The characteristics of its manufacturing process, the head brass that requires welding to join the three parts that make it up, require the delicate and professional treatment that in this case its first manufacturer Brass and Crystal confers it.

Brass piece from Bankrobber

Brass piece from Bankrobber

And, what about that suggestive name?

According to Faberin’s anecdotal account of Pablo himself, when he was working on the design of the lamp, still nameless at the time, the iconic song “Bankrobber” by The Clash was played on the radio.

For him that song had always meant work just finished, the way the body looks after a delivery. That’s why he thought it was a good time to turn the concept upside down: a lamp dedicated to bank robbers, to those who want to light up their loot after a well-done strike.

Bankrobber, courtesy of Pablo Carballal

Bankrobber, courtesy of Pablo Carballal

There’s more…

Not long ago Monocle magazine, a worldwide benchmark in product design, decided to publish Bankrobber in its December-January issue.

And if you want to know a little more about Pablo

We invite you to visit our magazine where you will find this post about Maggie, another of the products of this architect from Madrid in Faberin.

If you want to enjoy it and have it on your desk, it will soon be on sale at Faberin. Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know when you can buy it.

Words by Sara S.

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