Glowing plants can light up your home, sans electricity

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 15 May 2013

Think of lighting indoors, and bulbs naturally come to mind. Now a three-man team from San Francisco are turning these bulbs on their heads and turning to plants as light solutions in their place. That’s right, we’re talking about real plants that glow. It’s good news for those with green fingers. Using synthetic biology techniques, […]

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Bird In Hand: a compostable shadow playing light

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By J.P.Meulendijks in New Design on Monday 18 February 2013

I designed this large suspended lamp as a tribute to the universal art of hand-shadows; making shadows on the wall using your hands to create birds, rabbits, and other figures. Playing with light and hand shadows is a centuries old past-time, long before electric light was invented. Bird In Hand plays with this concept: all […]

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Stunning LEDscape in Lisbon by LIKEarchitects

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By Annie Churdar in New Art on Tuesday 12 February 2013

This gorgeous LED light display in Lisbon, Portugal was created using 1200 light spots by LIKEarchitects. It activates a three dimensional space by elevating the lights on metal rods of varying heights. The light display welcomes visitors to interact with piece in the form of wandering along the small path that winds through the center. […]

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Could glowing bacteria light up future homes?

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Saturday 12 January 2013

There’s a zone where science and design meet, and this collaboration between visual artist John Nicholson and microbiologist Kathy Takayama is it. Basically, they experimented with using bioluminescent bacteria to emit light from oxidation, and the prototypes were exhibited at Canberra Contemporary Art Space in 2004. Amazing how ahead of the times they were. We […]

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Light and Shadows art series by Kumi Yamashita

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By The Suicide Of Western Culture in New Art on Friday 14 December 2012

Kumi Yamashita creates spectacular figures in her Lights and Shadows series sculpted from just from the magic of light. Her pieces are pure visual poetry and her raw material is as intangible as the shadows.

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Artistic lamps by Alex Randall

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By Alex Randall in New Art on Thursday 29 November 2012

I was eight years old when I created my first lamp. At the time and even now it didn’t seem unusual to me, coming from a family where most things were hand made it wasn’t a big deal. Twenty-or-so years (and electric shocks) on, there doesn’t seem to be much of a chance of stopping.

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Illustrated portraits by Jessica Oyhenart Ball

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By Ben Winfield in New Illustration on Saturday 24 November 2012

I literally get weak in the knees when I see Jessica Oyhenart Ball’s illustrations. Her understanding of lighting and handling of form is truly mind-blowing. If all you do today is go to her website, it will be a good day.

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Glowing outdoor walkway by Roberto Paoli

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By Jennifer Eshelman in New Design on Thursday 2 August 2012

I WANT THESE. A lot. Designer Roberto Paoli created this lit outdoor walkway after seeing Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean video. It doesn’t seem like they actually light up when walked on, but a glowing pathway to a backyard party would definitely inspire me to dance as I make my entrance.

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There Are No Mistakes light fixture

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By New Studio A.D. in New Design on Friday 15 October 2010

The functional art and custom light fixture was inspired by an original work of art created by New Studio A.D. member, Melissa Roberts.

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Jeeves and Wooster hats

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By Francis Andrews in New Products on Monday 2 February 2009

London design shop Hidden Art is stocking these seriously appetizing Jeeves and Wooster top-hat lampshades, surely the final lick of paint that any stereotypical bachelor pad needs. At £415 a pop though, you’re probably better off combining a Moss Bros special with a touch of asbestos.

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