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.]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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’.
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.