Jazz as Inspiration for Furniture Art

jazz inspired II fiddle back maple version

Title: “Elegance in Illumination: Exploring the Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp in Fiddle Back Maple”

Introduction- How Jazz Inspired II Table Lamp came into existence.

Jazz as Inspiration for Furniture Art was heavily influence by my father Dr. Cosmo Barbaro.  He was a professor in music specializing in percussion at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  In addition, my father has had a lifetime of experience in drum and bugle corps where he taught many professional drum lines. When the time came to submit my thesis to my professors I naturally leaned into the idea of Jazz as Inspiration for Furniture Art as my thesis.  My professors were not fans but none the less I presented the idea and successfully defending this thesis in 1999.  Receiving my M.F.A. in Furniture Design from the Rochester Insitute of Technology School for American Crafts.

I knew with the guidance of my father that I had a chance to bring my idea to reality.  At the time in my mind my idea was very cloudy, and I really had no idea how to accomplish this.  had my doubts that I could even pull off this thesis proposal.  Luckily i was introduced to John Beck.  Mr. Beck at the time was a professor in the percussion department at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester Ny.   that my thesis had a very good chance of becoming reality. Little did I know that this idea of Jazz as Inspiration for Furniture Art would follow me for the rest of my life.

Mr. Beck helped me define the musical elements of each tune that I had selected.  Over several design sessions i had to quickly learn how to locate the musical elements but most importantly transform them into basic elements of furniture design.  The basic idea is to isolate the musical element taking into consideration how the tune made me feel and how it unilaterally dictated the strokes of my pencil during the sketching process.  Ultimately what was extremely challenging and daunting became utterly enjoyable and my extreme pleasure to be able to have had the opportunity to do this.

Jazz as Inspiration for Furniture Arts has become a lifelong journey creating this series of table lamps entitled Jazz as Inspiration.  Several examples can be found on my site. https://www.cosmobarbaro.com/product/jazz-inspired-lamp/   I would like to take the time to discuss one of these pieces.in particular; Jazz Inspired II Table Lamp Fiddle Back Maple Variation, enjoy!


Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood and ambiance of any space, and when it comes to combining functionality and artistry, the Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp in Fiddle Back Maple from Cosmo Barbaro Furniture is a true masterpiece. This lamp seamlessly blends the timeless beauty of fiddle back maple with the spirit of jazz, creating a stunning piece that not only illuminates a room but also adds a touch of sophistication. Join us on a journey to discover the allure of this remarkable creation from www.1stdibs.comhttps://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/table-lamps/jazz-inspired-lamp-ii-table-lamp-fiddle-back-maple-version/id-f_36202092/

The Beauty of Fiddle Back Maple

Fiddle back maple, also known as curly or tiger maple, is revered for its distinctive grain pattern, which resembles the delicate curves of a violin’s back. This rare wood is celebrated for its captivating visual depth, as it shimmers and dances in the light. The Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp beautifully showcases the unique character of fiddle back maple, making each lamp a one-of-a-kind work of art.

The Inspiration Behind the Design

Cosmo Barbaro Furniture drew inspiration from the world of jazz to create this stunning table lamp. Jazz, with its improvisational and free-flowing nature, perfectly complements the intricate and organic patterns found in fiddle back maple. The lamp’s design exudes the same sense of spontaneity and rhythm that defines this iconic music genre.

A Closer Look at the Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp

Design Elements The Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp stands as a testament to meticulous craftsmanship. Its slender, fluted column evokes the elegance of a jazz saxophone, while the lampshade, covered in a subtly textured fabric, adds an element of softness and warmth to the piece. The combination of these elements creates a harmonious balance between strength and grace.

Illuminate with Style When illuminated, the Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp casts a warm and inviting glow. Its soft, diffused light bathes the surroundings in a gentle ambiance, creating an inviting atmosphere for relaxation or conversation. Whether placed on a side table, nightstand, or as a centerpiece, this lamp is a conversation starter and an art piece all on its own.

Versatile Placement

The Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp in Fiddle Back Maple is incredibly versatile when it comes to placement. It can seamlessly enhance various settings, including:

  1. Living Room: As a statement piece, it adds a touch of opulence and style to your living space.
  2. Bedroom: Placed on a bedside table, it creates a soothing atmosphere, perfect for reading or winding down.
  3. Office: In a professional setting, this lamp exudes sophistication and creativity.

Why Choose Cosmo Barbaro Furniture?

Cosmo Barbaro Furniture is renowned for its commitment to craftsmanship and design excellence. Each piece they create reflects a passion for both traditional woodworking techniques and innovative design concepts. With the Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp, they have once again demonstrated their ability to merge art and functionality seamlessly.


The Jazz-Inspired II Table Lamp in Fiddle Back Maple from Cosmo Barbaro Furniture.  A true testament to the power of craftsmanship and inspiration. Its unique blend of jazz aesthetics.  Resulting in a piece that not only illuminates but also elevates the ambiance of any room. If you’re looking for a lighting fixture that transcends the ordinary and celebrates the extraordinary.  Jazz Inpired II Fiddle Back Maple version of this table lamp is an exceptional choice.

Visit www.1stdibs.com to explore this masterpiece and make it a part of your home, where it will not only light up your space but also ignite conversations about art, design, and the spirit of jazz.  Numerous variations of these Jazz Inspired Lamps exist around the world.  https://cosmobarbaro.com/product-category/unique-handmade-lamps/

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