Michael Bom was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. He started out his career as a graphic designer in Rotterdam, Holland. With his love for books, paper and typography he discovered ways of transforming books and other printed materials into fascinating objects.
Michael Bom began creating his booklamps already in 2004 and over the years he has added new designs to his collection – each one possessing a strong sculptural quality. Increasingly, the forms of Michael Bom’s lights become less rigid and more organic. These lamps display his ability to create poetic yet functional objects.
His divers output, next to that of his Booklamp series, includes birdhouses and chairs made out of typographic billboards and also a pencilholder made from vinyl records.
The books that Bom chooses for his designs are as he says waiting to have new life blown into them. “Some books have so much beauty in them, they might have lost their current function but certainly have the potential for a new one.”
Bom finds it interesting to implement the qualities of the old material and to carry and accentuate the beauty thereof in his new designs. He tries to achieve a balance between the used material and the new product.
Since 2016 he has been creating and exhibiting new autonomous work.