These fun, quirky animal lamps make good use of old, recycled bottles

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Saturday 25 October 2014

I’m always eagerly anticipating what’s next in Nishi Chauhan’s ‘Animal Farm’ series of lovable animal lamps that feature traditional craft revival and recycled objects. Well, look who’s knocking at the door? Called ‘Dunk,’ these new animal farm design of lamps taps into India’s exacting craftsmanship by adopting the wood lac-turnery craft of Channapatna in Karnataka, […]

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Dandelions that glow like lamps: we interviewed the designer who made them

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 10 May 2014

You heard it right. Dandelions that glow from within. They’re called ‘OLED TAMPOPO’ and they’re a product of cinematographer Takao Inoue’s wild imagination. In this interview, we ask him about the inspiration for the whimsical lamps and how he makes them. [Read more about the Dandelion Lamp here.]

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Beware! Lamps are now live Tweeting your secret conversations

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Tech on Thursday 1 May 2014

These should be installed in the White House! It’s called the Conversnitch and it’s created by artists Brian House and Kyle McDonald. This eavesdropping device hides in locations around New York City and ‘transmits overheard dialogue to Twitter’.  It’s created with a Raspberry Pi minicomputer, a microphone, an LED, and a plastic flower pot. Conversations […]

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Lampshade doubles up as showerhead in this light shower

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Thursday 18 July 2013

The sun, as they say, always comes after the rain. But why not have both — and in your home? Oki Sato of Tokyo-Milan based design firm Nendo dreamt about combining a lamp and a shower and came up with the WaterDream design for Hansgrohe designer brand Axor. The WaterDream’s open lampshade doubles up as […]

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A lamp that matches colours to your mood

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 31 May 2013

What is the world coming to when we need a lamp to read our mood? Vittorio Cuculo, a web developer from Italy, has tinkered with the insides of an IKEA lamp to equip it with Arduino so it can read someone’s mood via OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision) and change colors accordingly. What the lamp […]

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The Eye of Sauron desk lamp will set you to work immediately

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Tuesday 9 April 2013

Need a bit of focus while working at your desk? Try the Eye of Sauron fortress desk lamp, which will loom over you and give you the evil eye all the time. Inspired by Richard Taylor’s fortress design as seen in the Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ring movie trilogy, David Tremont downsized the menacing […]

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Household editions of Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Tuesday 19 March 2013

Belgian’s Studio Job took two of the world’s great architectural marvels, the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal, and turned them into patinated bronze household objects. So that’s how the Eiffel Tower became a slouchy lamp and the Taj Mahal got inverted and turned into a table. Both are pretty cool.

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Beautiful jellyfish lamps by Roxy Russell

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 4 March 2013

Californian designer Roxy Russell hopes her Medusae collection of lamps literally illuminates the problem of plastic pollution in oceans and seas. It’s a noble desire — though it’s one she acknowledges as being ironic since the glowing lamps are also made of plastic. However, as she puts it: ‘… the PET is (not) an evil […]

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These black lightbulbs are genius

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Monday 4 March 2013

Is black the new bright? Diana Dumitrescu — who recently got us wanting to light up fluorescent crap on our table with the Poop Lamp — has designed super-cool black bulbs that made us go from ‘huh?’ to ‘wow!’ in seconds. The black tinted incandescent bulb sits within a sharp angular molecular structure and emits […]

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Poop Lamp by Diana Dumitrescu

Demi He Contributor

By Demi He in New Design on Tuesday 19 February 2013

Why get someone a crappy gift when you can get them the Poop Lamp? This silly, colourful and clever concept designed by Romanian artist Diana Dumitrescu works brilliantly to attract the attention of anyone in any setting. Whether at home or in an office, the small lighting fixture serves to illuminate and transform a boring […]

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CMYK Lamp by Dennis Parren

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Friday 15 February 2013

When we perceive color, it is really the refraction of light that we are observing. This idea is what designer Dennis Parren had in mind when he created his CMYK Lamp. The lamp takes advantage of LED technology and divides the space into vivid bands of cyan, magenta, and yellow.

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Lamp comes with 28 toggle switches to the ON position

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By Kyle Jameson in New Products on Friday 9 November 2012

This illuminating piece was created by an artist and former colleague of mine, Kiel Mutschelknaus. ‘It is a lamp with 28 switches. In order to turn the lamp ON, you need to switch all 28 toggle switches to the on position. And, logically, to turn the lamp off, ALL the switches need to be turned to the off position. This was no simple straight circuit. It is without a doubt the most frustrating lamp ever constructed’.

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Art made from concrete by Annika Nordenskiöld

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By Arvid Krantz in New Art on Friday 29 July 2011

Swedish artist Annika Nordenskiöld has made beautiful art out of concrete, and it’s even functional: turn them on and get a very personal light. No molds are used, the shapes are made by hand lying down, one side at the time. Concrete burns fast, she’s got around a minute to work while the concrete is shapable.

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