Dandelions are many things: a symbol of spring’s arrival, a source of latex, a beneficial weed for gardeners. But a lamp? Kind of unbelievable, but it’s true! Cinematographer Takao Inoue designed the ‘OLED TAMPOPO’, a dandelion that’s also a household lamp.
In order to create the one-of-a-kind lamps, pristine dandelions were delicately harvested then sealed into clear acrylic blocks. An OLED light was then installed into the stem, making the dandelion appear as if it could produce its own luminescence. Inoue says on the website: ‘Fragility is expressed by an illuminated wavering TAMPOPO. It reminds us of our old memories of picking up dandelion’s puff. The mysterious light gives us a moment to release ourselves’.
Inoue has yet to specify a price tag on these precious luminaires, but they will be available at ‘Tokyo Somewhere’ in the near future.
UPDATE: Here’s a piece of our exclusive interview with the creator of these spectacular lamps, Takao Inoue.
How did you come up with the idea of turning a dandelion into a lamp?
I had been creating photographic works to the theme of ‘to release’. One of the most important motifs was the dandelion and I was thinking about them for quite some time. And then, one day an image that a lot of shining, wavering dandelions came to me, it might have been in a dream.
Was it hard installing an OLED light into something as fragile as a dandelion? How long does it usually take to finish one lamp?
Yes, it was. Production testing could only be done during a small time in the spring of the year. Dandelions need a very long time to be encapsulated. Plus, it took a few years until I reached the quality that I liked.
To make one lamp takes about 2 weeks.
Click here for the full interview.