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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 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?

FACETADA lamp from ^C studio on Vimeo.

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: 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!

The Daily Lamp – The Dildo Lamp, from Matteo Cibic

That’s right, today’s Daily Lamp is a lamp and a dildo.  Crazy?  Maybe.  But if you remember that scene in Parenthood when the lights go out and Steve Martin finds Diane Wiest’s dildo instead of the flashlight?

Meet Matteo Cibic‘s Bedside Lamp with Dildo:

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Well, there’s something for everyone, isn’t there?!  From Matteo’s website on Bibelot Sexuel, the line that includes the Dildo Lamp (I mean Bedside Table Lamp with dildo):

Being surrounded by beautiful objects is a source of pleasure. An aesthetic pleasure,since “beauty is the promise of happiness”, as Stendhal once said.  A sexual pleasure also, as it happens with Bibelot Sexuel and a few other extraordinary cases.  Bibelot is a French word that stands for a small, curious trinket or decorative object. Sexuel needs no translation.

This collection of design objects by Matteo Cibic contains indeed a series of ornaments for the house and pieces of jewelry. Yet they are not the kind of objects you would expect to find on your grandma’s bookshelf. In facts, they all conceal a secret, immoral purpose.  The ceramic bedside lamp hides a dildo. So do the fish bowl and the candle holder. Not to speak about the bow tie, which mutates into a pair of sophisticated geisha balls. In Bibelot Sexuel, beauty and sex finally go hand in hand, in a passionate cry for freedom of pleasure.

There you have it, folks.  For all of those times you just have to have a dildo and don’t know where to hide it when your non-dildo friends come over for a non-dildo party.

Thanks Yatzer!

 

The Daily Lamp – The GreenLight, from TOKEN NYC

Today’s Daily Lamp is the most innovative, creative application for a challenge I’ve seen in a light that incorporates nature as a design element — meet design studio TOKEN in New York City’s answer to the challenge, the GreenLight:

The GreenLight is a prescription product developed for the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic. The light is prescribed for Impatients* interested in changing their relationship to energy systems; improving indoor air-quality and developing experience with closed and coupled systems design–the chief strategies for improved environmental performance.

This lighting product diffuses light by coupling to photosynthetic processes. Planting strategies can be specified to address particular indoor air quality issues including VOC, benzene and formaldehyde removal.
Like other prescription products this product requires a clinic appointment to introduce the design parameters involved, and the novel issues involved in distributed power production.

GreenLight is even cool with a fish inside, which doesn’t really solve any problems, per se, but it might be cool to have a fish up around your face should you find the need to talk to your luminaires.  Sometimes people have long days, that’s all I’m saying.

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Also, check out more of studio TOKEN’s work on Behance, there’s is some great work – and they also do furniture!

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TOKEN also recently did a furniture install at the Koch Theater, check this out:

Thanks, Behance!

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 – Terrarium Table Lamp, Tickling Your Indoor Growing Kink

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Today’s Daily Lamp is pretty cool — from Etsy for today’s edition, meet the Terrarium Table Lamp from Etsy user Share Studios — who has some impressive Terrarium Table Lamps!  They’re all made to order, which always makes me feel like I have something personal and made for me.  That’s how I feel about it, at least!

This minimalist column table lamp adds a new dimension to the concept of the “lamp”. The lampshade frame perched atop the glass base, is welded from cold rolled steel and covered in handmade paper. The cord snakes out the side, between the shade and the glass, leaving the glass base empty for you to fill with whatever may inspire you.

We have recently made a few changes to our popular Terrarium/Display lamp design. This new version has a lampshade that now hovers an inch above the glass base, with nickle plated hardware and clear rubber coated feet gripping the glass.

The tall handmade paper lampshade accentuates the linear quality of the glass vase, creating a simple, clean, and modern table lamp.

Using it as a terrarium, display case, or just simply for light, this lamp is a unique addition to any living space.

As with most lamps, the design is at it’s best when lit. The tubular light bulb illuminates the unique natural texture of the handmade kozo paper with feather accent, the clear glass base and cloth covered electrical cord snaking out from the side.

The lamp measures 22’’ tall, with its base being 10’’ in diameter. Perfect for a bedside table, shelf, or any space that could use a unique lighting solution.

The beige retro styled cloth covered cord is 6 feet long from the base of the lamp with an inline lamp cord switch to easily turn on/off the lamp. The cord ends with a stylish white plug.

Although carefully crafted with quality lamp parts (many of them UL rated), my Terrarium/Display table lamp is not UL rated.

Tubular 40 Watt lightbulb included.

Plants and terrarium parts not included.

THIS LAMP IS MADE TO ORDER. The handmade paper used on the new lampshade may vary slightly. Please allow up to two weeks for production.

I found some other images of the Terrarium Table Lamp on Share Studios’ Facebook page — worth the visit!

Here’s a version of the Terrarium Table Lamp with a Siamese fighting fish chillaxing inside:

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