The Daily Lamp – Dude Has His Leg Amputated, Turns It Into A Lamp

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This might be the best thing ever, and most definitely the best Daily Lamp I would have ever posted…  but there is a man in the Netherlands who had an accident a few years ago, got a bacterial infection, and then unfortunately had a tough choice to make due to a loss of bone…  amputation of the leg.

I can’t help but honor the man’s sense of lumen-ary dedication — the man, Leo Bonten, who needed to cop some bills money, decided to turn that leg into a “classy” lamp.  I mean, he’s asking a hundred thousand euros for it.  So, that being said, let’s look at that eBay listing!  It’s got a very catchy title, “Lamp, made out of my amputated leg.”  It kind of just falls of the tongue, doesn’t it?

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…and of course, the tweet!

Bonten had to do some negotiating with the hospital to get the leg, because, well, they usually don’t let you have your amputated leg. It’s a shame because it’s his leg and all, and I would hate to have that conversation myself.  “What do you mean I can’t have my f*cking leg?!  It’s MY F*CKING LEG!

By all means, please watch the quick video on this piece of light leg art:

eBay didn’t really find the listing too appropriate, and has since killed it deader than Amy Winehouse’s next solo album.  As you would expect, like having the warnings on the toaster about not using in the bathtub, eBay has a rule against people’s dead appendages in auctions on their site:

We don’t allow humans, the human body, or any human body parts or products to be listed on eBay, with two exceptions. Sellers can list items containing human scalp hair, and skulls and skeletons intended for medical use.

But nevertheless, if anyone wants it, and has that 100,000 euro that Bonten’s asking for his amputated leg lamp, drop me a line and I’ll see if I can hook that up.  I don’t even need any fees, I’ll do it for free.

I had to find out what was up with the odd lamp on the top of the formaldehyde-leg-vessel-thing.  It looked very similar to something called the Cola Lamp from lighting designer Willem Schaperkotter.  Like so:

Alright, it’s the same minus the Coke can and all, this is the guy’s leg for feck’s sake.  Here’s some photos of Leo, the leg lamp, and some other leg lamp related Leo photos, because details:

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The Daily Lamp – The Satechi Touch USB Lamp for Alcoholics

Today’s Daily Lamp falls under the “phoning it in” category.  If you’re someone with a bunch of bottles hanging around, you too can have any kind of lamp you want.  Just empty the bottle, stick this lamp in before OR after you wash the nasty ol’ thing, and boom — instant lamp.  Meet the Satechi Touch USB lamp, which allows you to plug any empty bottle that’ll accept a standard width bottle at the minimum (which, consequently, is 2 3/8″):

Crazy, no? It’s only $25 bucks, so who cares if it’s ridiculous?

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You can go over to Satechi’s website and buy your own, but you have to supply the bottle.

The Daily Lamp – King Edison Pendant from Young and Battaglia for Mineheart

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Today’s Daily Lamp, albeit a little late this evening, is quite awesome.  Tobin at Barbizon sent me this quite some time ago, and it’s about time I get this one into the runnings!

From retailer Mineheart, and created by Young and Battaglia in England for Mineheart:

Small is beautiful meets a moment of genius, a perfect tiny chandelier suspended inside a glass lightbulb and hung on braided silken cable.

The ‘King Edison’ pendant lamp designed by Young & Battaglia, combines the pure simplicity of an Edison light bulb with the romance and glamour of a Kings chandelier. It consists of a miniature brass chandelier inside a hand blown clear glass shade and satin chrome fittings. Ideal for handing individually or in clusters for maximum effect.

Current lead time: 4-6 weeks

For use with a 12 volt power supply, (transformer included).
Supplied with a 2 metre braided cable and ceiling rose (longer cable available on request).

Dimensions:  15 cm diameter x 21 cm H

Theme: Miniature, Tiny Chandelier, Glass pendant shade, Globe bulb, Cluster

What do you think?  I for one submit that IT IS GREAT!

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The Daily Lamp – The Boob Lamp by Francesco Bonifazi

Today’s Daily Lamp comes from industrial and furniture designer Francesco Bonifazi — and perhaps creatively called…  The Boob Lamp:

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boob-lamp-francesco-bonifazi-5What do you think?  I’ve seen weirder Boob Lamps, quite frankly, that are definitely more boob-shaped than this.  But when talking about Boob Lamps, can one really be that specific?  I’ve seen weirder:

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Check out Francesco Bonifazi’s body of work on Behance, and the initial Boob Lamp product page.  He’s got some awesome work!

 

 

Return of The Daily Lamp – Facetada by AndreuCarulla Studio

While I was unemployed, I had to take a small hiatus from The Daily Lamp. I was spending ten hour days looking for work, and it seemed like every freaking door slammed shut when I was looking.  But now, I have not only a job again, but time to write more DAILY LAMP offerings, and this time it’s brought to you by Barbizon!

Today’s Daily Lamp is an interesting transitional design by the Spanish firm AndreuCarulla Studio.  The funny thing about this lamp is that it started out as a silly little amouse-bouche plate for food that never fills you up.  I only know that term from watching Top Chef.  Check this out, it explains what the hell I’m talking about before we get into the lamp:

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This lamp, the Facetada, is literally made of that plate from the video.  It’s like a disco ball that had bad anxiety and just needed to break loose.  What do you think?

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From the video page:

Ceiling lamp created from the Facetat dish. We have devised a new manufacturing system; starting from a flat sheet we are able to model the geometry of the lamp to our liking.
The final result is a unique piece of lightweight appearance, which distributes the light uniformly on the bottom, while reflects spectacular patterns on the ceiling, creating a warm ambiance.

Buyable limited edition.

Video by Pau Carulla

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The Daily Lamp: Rich Brilliant Willing’s Monocle Lamp, Which Keeps an Eye on Everything

I’m hoping I’m not overselling this one, but I think the design is tight.  This is called Monocle, from design firm Rich Brilliant Willing.  It doesn’t look like much, but I think this product is outstanding — that’s why it made the Daily Lamp!

Monocle has two diffusing options — a flat diffuser that (I assume) spreads a little less than the dome diffuser, below:

Flat diffuser:

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Dome diffuser:

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Both Monocle styles are warm white LED, around 2700 Kelvin, and run around $425 USD.  That’s quite a jump up in price from your typical $10 Lowes or Home Depot styled monocle-esque fixtures, isn’t it…

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About the Monocle lamp, from Rich Brilliant Willing:

With one eye on his subject, Monocle provides a strong yet warm beam of LED powered light. This rotating surface mounted fixture has been shaped from milled aluminum, resulting in a smooth and clean product perfect for any space where warm directional light is needed. In order to augment your view, Monocle enjoys placement above your shoulder or head..

Materials

Milled aluminum, braided cord

Specification

LED, warm white
2700K, 95 CRI
100-120V Input 60Hz
13W Power Consumption

Dimensions

5.25″ Dia. x 4″ Depth
133mm Dia x 101mm Depth
I just love this little guy!

 

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Thanks to Rich Brilliant Willing for the greyish images, and DeZeen for the rest!

 

The Daily Lamp: Terrence Seah’s Cloudline Lamp – Sleek, Slim Uplight

Today’s Daily Lamp is a really minimalist but inventive take on uplighting in the home. Meet Terrence Seah’s Cloudline Lamp — a true uplighter with a sleek design and nice lines:

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Cloudline, designed by Terrence Seah for seller Livdin, comes in white and red, and both are $239 bucks.  From the Livdin page on the Cloudline:

Enhance your room with warm diffuse light and set the mood with touch-sensitive dimming. The Cloudline lamp is simple to wall-mount, and takes up no floor space. Pleasing illumination in an equally pleasing package.

FEATURES

  • Bright light equivalent to a 60W incandescent light bulb
  • Energy efficient 13W power consumption
  • Long lasting 20-year lifespan LED bulb
  • Aluminum construction with glossy powder-coated finish
  • Oiled walnut accent
  • Long braided power cord

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Lamp, 21.5″(L) x 2″(W) x 3.25″(H)
  • Dimmer Switch, 5.5″(L) x 1.75″(W) x 0.75″(H)
  • Power Cord, 6′ plug-to-switch, 8′ switch-to-lamp

It sure is beautiful!  Can you imagine five or six of these around a large room?

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 Thanks, Uwofo!

The Daily Lamp: Valentin Loellmann’s DRIFT Lamp, Marrying Boat Hulls and Illumination

Today’s Daily Lamp is a creative design from the top of the ocean — if this was a bottom of the ocean lamp, we’d be calling it the Bismarck Lamp.  From designer Valentin Loellmann, here’s a lamp that takes the idea of a ship hull and flips it upside down — the ship provides refuge right side up, but upside down offers illumination:

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The Daily Lamp: Mike Thompson’s BLOOD LAMP – Would You BLEED for Light?

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Today’s Daily Lamp is a bit off-norm, if you will — artist Mike Thompson has posed a simple question:

Will you bleed for illumination?  

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From Mike Thompson’s page on the Blood Lamp:

What if power came at a cost to the individual?

The average American consumes 3383kwh of energy per year. That’s equivalent to leaving the light on in 4 rooms for a whole year. The simple flick of a switch allows us to power appliances and gadgets 24/7 without a thought to where it comes from and the cost to the environment.

For the lamp to work one breaks the top off, dissolves the powder, and uses their own blood to power a simple light. By creating a lamp that can only be used once, the user must consider when light is needed the most, forcing them to rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is.

Mike raises a great point — one my parents instilled in me at an early age — shut the lights off when you’re not in a room!

Mike’s lamp is a fairly simple design, but definitely ingenius.  The design is basically a sealed glass envelope that includes an amount of Luminol powder that, when dissolved and mixed with human blood, creates a bioluminescent light source.  Now is it bright enough to provide any real usable illumination?  Probably not.  But regardless, this isn’t Mike’s point.  The point is to help you make better choices as to when you really need light.

Step one, the unbroken envelope:

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Step two, remove the stopper with the Luminol powder:

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Step three, bust the top off of the envelope so that there are lots of nice little jaggeties for you to bleed from:

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Step four, cut yourself on the glass envelope and bleed into the Luminol:

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The Daily Lamp – SLAMP Presents Avia and Aria from Zaha Hadid!

Please excuse the radio silence yesterday, I had to buckle down hard and put out another few dozen resumes and applications for some work!  Speaking of…  anyone in the market for a lighting designer and industry expert with 15 years of production design experience and 7 years of market writing and communications?  I’m your guy!  Email me!

Today’s Daily Lamp is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL – world, meet the Avia and Aria Series for Slamp from Zaha Hadid, a genius of light:

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I can only imagine what Avia or Aria would look like with a clear enveloped large filament lamp inside…  can you image what this beauty would do with that kind of lamp?  You’d have the most gorgeous shadows on everything in that room!

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On Avia and Aria from SLAMP:

Aria by Zaha Hadid

Aria is a lamp designed by Zaha Hadid which combines dramatic architectural features with the intrinsic weightlessness of the materials, creating a sculpture of light and technology that fascinates and enchants observers.

The 50 individual layers of Cristalflex (a techno-polymer patented by Slamp) work together to make Aria seem as if is about to take flight, characterised by complex yet harmonic forms that embrace the light source in a veiled breath.

The large lamp is formed of a central structure capable of flooding the entire room with light, thanks to 6 light sources and a spotlight directed downwards.

With an 90 cm diameter and 130 cm high, Aria enhances any space, rendering it luxurious without losing any of its contemporary style.

The elegant black veiled finish lends a touch of mystery and seduction.

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Avia combines the majesty of great architecture with a lamp for day-to-day use, perfectly integrating large volumes with advanced lighting techniques and technology.

To give shape to such an ambitious project the designer used 52 different layers of Opalflex, a techno-polymer patented by Slamp, creating an effect of fluidity, dynamism and harmony resulting in a perfect architectural form that gently embraces the light source.

Avia captures the gaze of anyone who draws near, offering constantly changing perspectives and reflections, transforming itself from a simple light source into a genuine sculpture to be admired, making any space more suggestive.

The central structure is capable of providing 360 degrees light, thanks to its numerous light sources and a downwards-facing spotlight.

The lamp is available in 4 different sizes, making it capable of adapting to any kind of space: two smaller sizes, ideal for use at home and two larger versions for enhancing large-sized spaces. Two colour tones are available: the uncontaminated purity of total white and the absolute elegance of total black.

Fluid and dynamic, Avia is a miniature piece of architecture, perfect for adding stature to the home. 52 different layers of Opalflex® transform it from a source of light into an object of admiration with soft, amplified tones and reflections. The lamp is available in four sizes: two small and two large.

From DesignBoom, where this lovely beauty of a lamp originated:

presented at euroluce during salone del mobile 2013, ‘aria & avia’ lamps designed by zaha hadid for slamp combine dramatic architectural features with the intrinsic weightlessness of the materials from which they are made, creating illuminated sculptures that fascinate and enchant their observers.  Over 50 individual layers of a techno-polymer medium work together to make the hanging lights seem as if they are about to take flight, characterized by complex yet harmonic forms that embrace their brilliance in a veiled breath.  The large fixtures are formed from a central structure capable of flooding an entire room with 360 degrees of ample illumination, thanks to six lucent sources and a spotlight directed downwards.  The hanging pieces bring together the majesty of great architecture for day-to-day use, perfectly integrating large volumes with advanced lighting techniques and technology.  Available in four different sizes, they are capable of adapting to any kind of interior environment: two smaller sizes, ideal for use at home and two larger versions for enhancing large-sized rooms.

This might be my favorite lamp from the last few weeks.  Zaha, I think you are an amazing designer!

Readers, you have GOT to go check out more of Zaha Hadid’s work – Zaha Hadid Architects is one place, and also check out her vast collection at SLAMP.  Flip through the gallery below, click on any image and it opens up into a blackbox to get the full effect of this amazing design!