The Daily Lamp – Agricola, Made from Completely Recycled Fruit, Vegetable, and Cereal Material

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From Studio Atuppertu in Eindhoven, Netherlands comes a lamp that’s going to last you about 8 to 10 years before it completely breaks down into earthen dust.  I think.  Gionatta Gato, who established the studio, has this to say about it — and with hair like Gionata’s, I believe every word that comes from this man’s mouth!

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From the website for Agricola:

Can we imagine design products made of materials purchased on the base of their environmental impact and completely dependent on local resources?

Agricola is a series of design products based on criteria of low CO2 emissions and use of available local resources. The products are made of waste coming from the production and consumption of fruit, vegetables, cereals. By using a selection of that medium, treated with different natural bonds (such as LATEX, DAMMAR Gum and Gamboge) it’s possible to produce clean and mouldable materials that would least in time and quality between 8 and 10 years. After this time frame, the product will normally biodegrade and decompose in a composter, becoming nutrient for trees and vegetables. The first collection consists in a series of lights, proposed in different shapes and sizes and it representS a first example of design products that offers clear purchasing ethic parameters to the consumers.

The materials of nature and their perpetual change express in fact the unique value of Agricola. The colors of the fields change every season, offering discarded materials that, once dried, highlight a colour range that goes from the light green to the brown, passing via tones of light and dark yellows. Thus, together with all-seasons materials, it is also possible to investigate “seasonal” colors, completely dependent on the local agricultural waste produced from each period of the year.

Each product refers to the provenience of the specific material, informing also about what it is, when it has been collected and who produced it, communicating itself an artistic function that speaks through a material, a colour and a smell.

This sounds very, very cool — what do you think?  I wonder if Gionata is just sticking random smells in random orders… Would you get the apple-smelling lamp or the celery-smelling lamp?  I for one would hope for the Frosted Flakes lamp!

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I quickly mistook this photo for two Wasa breads sitting next to each other!

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My favorite part of all of this is seeing the designer’s working drawings…  I carry a Moleskine book with me every freaking place I travel on Earth, and I make brain goo into scribbles in that book.  I love seeing other designers’ brain goo translations!

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All of these photos belong to Studio Atuppertu, so be nice and credit them if you cross-post!