I came across this touch sensitive Super Mario Brothers question mark block lamp on Etsy the other day and was really excited because...well, I'm a geek who grew up in the 80s. I mean, how cool is it that you can "punch" that infamous 8-bit block hanging from the ceiling and it lights up?
But when got me even more excited was when I learned that Bryan Duxbury, the creator of the lamp, also sells
I have a built-in lightbox in one of my office worksurfaces, and it's one of my top three favorite features. Since having it, I've found all kinds of useful ways to take advantage of it, and it's now a tool I find indispensible.
But, head to your local art store, and you can expect to pay a minimum of $100 for
OK, this is just plain awesome. Fashion photographer and filmmaker Jacob Sutton shot this eerie video of a snowboarder in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France in the dead of night. But the snowboarder was wearing a specialized suit that was completely covered in LED lights.
The illuminated "waves" of snow carved by the snowboard are so surreal. This counter-intuitive way of lighting a scene (or rather lighting the subject and not the scene) is really incredible.
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That's right. The day has finally come…taxidermy meets interior lighting. Personally, I wouldn't be too keen on having a couple of dead squirrels hanging on the wall above my bed, but that's just me. Oh and just wait until you see the rat swarm lamp...
If you regularly visit secondhand shops, flea markets, and thrift stores, you've run across hundreds of those little plastic Kodak cameras - the Brownie, the Starflex, or my favorite, the Ansco Cadet. While they look great on a shelf, and, once filled with weight, make great bookends, and can produce some really interesting results using the "Through-the-Viewfinder" approach with a DSLR, they're also great fodder for making into other stuff...
It would be amazing if everyone had a perfect, clean space full of just-right light all day long, everyday in which we could take photos. But the reality is, sometimes the weather cooperates and sometimes it doesn't, some people have good windows and others don't, etc, etc. To make up for a less-than-ideal photo environment, photographers often rely of soft boxes, which provided color-balanced, even, diffused light, just like the perfect, overcast-y day that makes the best photos.
And they're awesome...and pretty expensive for a relatively simple device. Which means, of course, that you can make your own. Twenty four of 'em, as a matter of fact.
Most creative types have at least a passing interest in photography. It's the best way to capture your visual work and share it with others, and I'm sure most of you hear the quote, "Here, you're artsy. Would you take a photo of us?" when at a gathering of friends or a night out and about.
My own adventure with photography has developed as I've begun to make more and more stuff, and created online tutorials of them. When we finally decided to do some published print stuff, I took the leap and bought a DSLR, and I haven't looked back since.
But, once you figure out the camera situation, you have to get all the lights, tripods, reflectors, sets, etc to worry about. Or...do you?
My friend and fellow blogger Capree has an amazing dining room, where she created this awesome hand painted branch wall. Her hard work is accented by her spectacular light fixture, which is a single bulb surrounded by thin metal rods that jut out at artfully random angles, the Twig Light by Fire Farm.
I loved it so much, I decided to take a stab at recreating it myself. And I did! I don't know how to weld, so I knew I couldn't make one from metal, and I was worried about holding everything in place for glue to dry, but I figured out a workable solution that only took me about two hours, start to finish. As it turns out, the whole thing ended up costing me less than $10.00 USD, as well, which is a lot of lamp for the buck.
Isamu Noguchi's Akari lamps are among the classic, iconic pieces of mid-century design. These practical light sculptures are a playful take on the traditional Japanese paper lantern; updated with legs that echo the emerging atomic culture of the early 1950s, yet still maintaining the biomorphic shape found in Noguchi's other works. The Akari lamp series has been a part of the MoMA's permanent collection almost as long as it's been around.
IKEA has featured their share of paper lantern-inspired lamps over the years. The most recent rendition is the VÄTE series, a collection of rice paper shades on steel frames that give an obvious nod to
Few things inspire me more than a modern design product constructed entirely out of easy-to-find parts from the local hardware store.
This standing floor lamp is a perfect example: off-the-rack worklights from the home center, arranged and installed with just a bit of effort, resulting in a huge impact.
"Last week we came across these tiny sea urchin shells at a beach shop, thin and light as eggshells. What to do with them? Light them up with LEDs, of course! We've seen sea urchin lamps before, but they've always been made with large (i.e., sturdy) and colorful ones. In contrast, these tiny ones might be better to hang around christmas lights like little paper lanterns. Just a throwie sans magnet (Urchie?), tucked into the shell. Each one has a hole in the bottom large enough to fit a pretty good size LED, although not necessarily the battery as well."
Nylanan is currently building a full scale R2D2 from scratch, and thus has lots of R2 on the brain. So, when he noticed the $8.99 TERTIAL work lamp while walking through IKEA, he couldn't help notice the similarities. So, with a bit of blue vinyl, he took a break on his robo-build and created this great, inexpensive R2D2 lamp.
As he notes, "The great thing about R2 is that he has such a an iconic look that you really only have to capture a few bits and pieces to make him look right: the main eye, the stripes and the top sections."
"Gulp" by Tim Fishlock is a lampshade made from "three thousand translucent drinking straws interwoven to form a dense, spherical lampshade. Made from one continuous length of interconnected straws, you could – if you possessed Dyson-like suction – put one end in a drink and gulp it down through the other. Each piece takes seven days to make and is made to order. Gulp is available in a strictly limited edition of 50."