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The Daily Lamp – It’s Only A Paper Moon!

Really now, all you need is an element, some paper, and a clip.  What happens then is called It’s Only A Paper Moon from London-based designer Kazuhiro Yamanaka.  Like so:

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For the ultra-low-materialists out there, It’s Only A Paper Moon is pretty much nothing but a chunk of paper, a clamp base with a lead, and light source.  And, in case you were wondering, yes you can use your own paper:

The lamp simply consists of only three elements, a wooden peg, a piece of paper and a light bulb. A fan shaped paper can be rolled up to be clipped by the large peg to wrap around the bulb. Any type of paper, different colors, shapes, can be used for showing distinct appearances with different lighting effects. The lamp is carefully designed in order to balance the weight.

For all of you Saturday readers out there, here’s another version on the paper lamp from Kazuhiro, a paper tube with an LED inside, attached to the inside.  Clever?  Simple, that’s for sure!

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Thanks, DesignBoom!

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

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!

DIY Geekery: Circuit Board Lights!

So I was wandering around Camden Town when I stumbled across Cyberdog. First off, this store is futuristic flamboyant and flat-out fabulous. If you’re in London, and looking for a scene Japanese Street Fashion, or are a fan of neon colors, reflective fabrics, the Jetsons, UV, electronics, or kinky alien high priestess bustiers, this is the place for you:

While wandering, I came across some wicked cool light fixtures! They were selling rectangular prism lantern-style fixtures made out of repurposed circuit boards. Not only were they really awesome, they looked quite easy to make! Taking apart old electronics is already an exciting hobby, and I’m always coming up with new projects to reuse the “waste” on.  Here’s a small gallery of the lamps I saw in Camden, and a quick google shows there are lots of other cool ones on the internet as well! For example here and here.

If you decide to make your own, I’d love to see what you’re working on!

Thank you for the Cyberdog store images.