The Daily Lamp – Translucent LED Ceramics from Souhougama

It’s a wash basin, it’s a lamp, holy crap it’s both. This series, from designers Masahiro Minami (Renca and Suirin) and Michio Akita (Keishou Circle and Square), is being produced in collaboration by Souhougama – the company who owns the patent on the ceramic light transmitting technology.

These luminous basins are of course lit with LED. I mean, how could anything this cool nowadays NOT be lit with LED?

(Hopefully that came out as sarcastically as I meant it…)



From the Masahiro Minami website on Renca and Suirin:


A translucent ceramic washbowl was born by a translucnet ceramic.

The appearance which shows up with light makes you feel it’s godliness of lotus bloom floating on water.

The shape made the best of different thickness for shadow of light has a deep appearance.

The design with a tense and the shadow reflected by a deep sculpture make you feel as if it is a ceramic jewel.


A translucent ceramic washbowl was born by a translucnet ceramic.

A motif of this design is a spiral of light.

A feature of this design is a line drawn with a single stroke of the brush following an outline of the square and dropping into center.

There is no design that inside of the washbowl is three-dimentional and elaborate design until now.






This stuff is awesome — from the Souhougama website:

What is SHIGARAKI translucent ceramic?
(china and porcelain of translucency : patent application 2009-256638)

Translucent ceramics was born in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture where a producing district of ceramics and one of the Japanese six ancient kilns exist. Originally, ceramics don’t allow light to pass through, however, this clay has a special quality which allows light to pass through even if it is thick. SOUHOUGAMA has developed translucent ceramic washbowls for the first time in the world with the translucent ceramics of a patented technology.



There are 3 features for the ceramic of Shigaraki broadly.

・three times the translucency

Even the thick ceramic transmit light. A thickness of section is 7~8mm.

・good formability

We can mold it with a potter’s wheel, forming by hand and by casting.

It also doesn’t change in large when it’s burnt, so it’s possible to use glaze.

・It’s possible to knead.

The coefficient of thermal expansion and coefficient of contraction are close to a usual china clay when it’s burnt, so it’s possible to knead with a opaque china clay.→It’s possible to express a pattern like stripes and marbles.

We are developing new products to use this clay in Souhougama.

…and we here at look forward to seeing what new products come out in the works at Souhougama!

Shinobu Koizumi Stuck Some Light In A Drawer. Awesome.

This is a pretty awesome idea, its simplicity is exactly the thing that works the best about it!  Meet Shinobu Koizumi‘s “Light In A Drawer,” which is, in my opinion, pretty clever:

You better believe that, if I could afford something like this, I’d have it hacked to respond to iTunes with individual cell control.  Or not, I gotta believe this thing is like eleventy thousand dollars.

Thanks, DesignBoom!

Kiwi and Pom’s Disco Chair

Our good pal and Duluth Crew member Alex Rugowski pointed this out to me a week or so ago – what a cool use of EL wire!

Meet the Disco Chair:

From the designers’ website – Kiwi and Pom, out of London:

Commissioned by Wallpaper* Magazine, the Disco Chair is a bespoke illuminated furniture concept. Constructed from 200 linear metres of Electroluminescent wire, the chair transforms into a neon rainbow when powered. A pulse setting enables the chair to flash on and off creating an instant disco installation.

This thing is just way cool.

Way, way groovy, mang.

Rock Yourself Some Light – The Murakami Rocking Chair


I am 31 – but I love rocking chairs.  That’s not to insinuate that only old people rock, don’t get me wrong.  When I was a kid, my parents had one of those old, heavy, thick rocking chairs that you could literally rock yourself to sleep in, and the slight reclining shape of the chair makes life that much more sweet.  Rochus Jacob has produced a design for a rocking chair that not only lets you rock comfortably, but also allows you generate energy with your rocking motion that is then released via the integrated lighting fixture above the chair.  It’s called the Murakami Rocking Chair.

The light fixture mounted on the chair is a reading lamp of sorts, made out of an OLED source.  The dynamic energy generation technology is built into the skids of the chair, along with a battery pack that collects the energy when you’re rocking in the daylight.


The designer recently had this to say about the design:

I was looking for opportunities to generate energy through activities we naturally do. The final result is a rocking chair that enables the user to experience production and consumption of electricity in a gentle and rewarding way. An abstract process becomes tangible and eventually cultivates natural awareness. Complexity is covered by simplicity. Advanced nano-dynamo technology which is built in to the skids of the chair and more efficient light sources such as the newly developed OLED generation makes it possible to build a rocking chair with a reading lamp running on electricity generated from the rocking motion. During daylight the energy gets stored in a battery pack. The construction of the flat and bendable organic light emitting diodes allows new form factors such as using the traditional shape of a lamp but instead of having a light bulb the lampshade himself turns out to be the light source. To have a drastic reduction of consumption the big challenge will be to make consuming less feel like getting more.


Thanks to HomeTone, Designboom, and No. 18htn!

A Bed Full of Light

Ever think to yourself – “self, it would be so great if I could wake up to a custom color glowing all around me.”

Meet the Poesy Luminotherapy Bed:


The Poesy Luminotherapy Bed is one of those “well, where on Earth did you come up with that?” designs from French designer Philippe Boulet to combat the lack of such a bed.  Poesy has an integrated color mixing LED system with a remote controller system, and you can apparently mix custom colors.  You can set to wake up or go to sleep with any color of your choice, and from what I’ve been reading, control the intensity.  I wonder if I can program an RGB slow sine chase on this thing?




Thanks, Freshome!

64 RGB LED Table Project – Wow.

rgb led table

Hacked Gadgets user Edo from Germany made this pretty fantastic RGB LED table using 5mm RGB LEDs and some Arduino microcontrollers.  He has some fading color sequences, some equalizer bar sequences, and perhaps my favorite FX – the table responds to acceleration.  When you tip it one way or another, it responds.  Edo, you officially rock.

rgb led table

Edo speaks on Hacked Gadgets:

“My name is Edo, I am a 23 years old from Hamburg Germany and I’m studying computer science at the Hamburg university of applied science. I used one Arduino Duemilinove to control 12 TLC5940 Chips. There is is one 5mm RGB LED in each of the 64 sections. The dimensions of the Table are 50×50×12 centimeters The cladding is made of self brushed aluminum. In the future I’d like to take an Arduino BT to program the table wirelessly.”

I can’t wait to see what you come up with next, brother.  Check out these videos of Edo’s work – it’s good stuff!

rgb led table

Thanks, Hacked Gadgets!