Light bulb vase by Yuma Kuno
In 2007 Japan’s Ministry of Environment began asking companies to voluntarily desist production and sales of inefficient incandescent light bulbs. Toshiba obliged, and others followed. Similar movements are happening all around the world and it’s clear that it’s only a matter of time before the incandescent light bulb is completely replaced by its more eco-friendly brethren.
Product designer Yuma Kuno decided to preserve this nostalgic form by turning incandescent light bulbs into flower vases. Using real discarded bulbs, Kuno simply opened a hole and turned an obsolete object into something completely new. The filament – a vital component of the bulb – even gets repurposed as a holder to keep the stem in place.
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Edison’s Nightmare lamp by Harry Thaler for Davide Groppi marks the phasing out of the incandescent light bulb by literally nailing it to the wall
Details: In borosilicate glass with halogen bulb. Davide Groppi, based in Piacenza, Italy, has been designing, manufacturing and selling lamps since 1988. Part of Groppi’s Light My Fire exhibit for Milan Design Week, April 8 to 13, 2014.
Designer: Product designer Harry Thaler, based in London, is a 2010 graduate of Royal College of Art, and has a background in goldsmithing.
Melted skull incense burner designed by Cody Hudson
Vibes Melt Down 2043 is a porcelain sculpture, that can be used as an incense burner, meant to stimulate the mind and evoke the hallucinatory and enlightening moments that are around us at all times through life and death. We wanted this piece to be an art edition but to also work as a functional object that would be used on a regular basis. For increased mellowness I find it works best when burning Nag Champa.
20 cm x 20 cm
Edition: 50 white, 25 gold and 25 silver
Comes in a wood box with a signed and numbered certificate by the artist and 3 cones of Nag Champa incense
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“Phillip Stearns is an artist who sees beauty where others see computer bugs. He collects images of artful computer abnormalities on his blog and has transformed images from fried cameras into tasteful home furnishings. For his latest project, High Voltage, Stearns is experimenting with electricity and chemistry. Each image in this series is created by zapping Fujifilm instant color film with electricity.
Stearns’ process, which subjects the film to juice from a transformer used to power neon signs, isn’t exposing the film per se. The light from the sparks accounts for some of the bluish colors in the background of the shots, but the electrical “tree” structures, technically called Lichtenberg figures, are created when the electricity vaporizes the silver halides embedded in the film.
Stearns adds blooms of chemical color to the compositions by pouring liquids like bleach, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol onto the film and arcing electricity through them. Electrified bleach, for instance, reacts with dyes to produce some nice yellow and magenta hues. The artist is currently running a Kickstarter campaign selling prints of the vibrant results.
Inspiration came from unlikely sources. Hiroshi Sugimoto’s images of electricity strikes captured on black and white photo paper were the most direct antecedent. But it was a cache of instant color film discovered during a dumpster dive that provided the opportunity to experiment.
Critics often gush about a “heart-stopping” piece of art, but in Stearns’ case, it was almost a literal statement. When he first started experimenting with the neon transformer, he had a brush with catastrophe when electricity arced from one of his hands to the other. “It’s the volts that jolt, and the 15,000 volts certainly did, but it wasn’t terribly painful, just sudden,” he says. “If the current had been higher, it could have stopped my heart.” Since then he’s been far more fastidious about not touching the transformer while near grounded metal objects and had upgraded to a non-conductive workspace.”
The concept explores the use of bio-luminescent bacteria fed with methane and composted material (drawn from the Bio-digester in the same series). Alternatively the cellular light array can be filled with fluorescent proteins that emit different frequencies of light. Part of The Microbial Home series
Autonomous Machines by Echo Yang
"The current popularity of generative design processes in which designers use algorithms to create a variety of different outcomes, instead of focussing on one, definitive result is closely linked to the use of digital design tools. This development has changed our perception of design as the creation of the single author. What could happen when the approach fostered by digital generative designers would be applied to an analogue world? A world in which obsolete machines like hand-powered alarm clocks, walkman and mechanical toys take centre stage?My experiments in this domain of obsolete machines reveal their internal algorithms. Instead of creating these algorithms, I simply adopt and then visualize them.”
Taylor Holland: Frames (2012-2013. Ongoing Project)
Bridging the gap between emerging digital technologies and museum-quality framing, Fra[mes] is a collaborative project between artist Taylor Holland (Paris, France) and the master framers at Saintill Lijsten (Haarlem, The Netherlands).
An idea born at the Musée du Louvre, this project explores how ornate frames appear when filled with their own physical characteristics, and utilizes the intricacy of framemaking in the context of contemporary art, transforming them from their conventional use as ornamentation and into fine art.
Antique frames are filled with their own content using custom molds built from digital processes. (Ongoing)
- Louis XV Frisbee (46cm x 46cm x 3cm)
- 1840 German Neo-Rococo (42.5 x 34.5 x 4cm)-
- 1810 Empire (78 x 51 x 5.5cm)
- 1840 French Neo-Rococo (34cm x 30cm x 3.5cm)
To see a complete catalog of works with process shots, please click here.