• SumoMe

Designed by Marta Bordes, this lamp was designed to challenge the traditional use of ceramic and create a technical mechanism with it. The result is this unique ceramic lamp that looks like a satellite dish which can be moved like a real one, thanks to the elastic mechanism that holds the dish. You can change the light direction or just play with it and feel the smoothness of the mechanism when you turn it. You can see the video here. More description by Marta Bordes:

Elastic Lights is a collection of articulated ceramic lamps that playfully yet purposefully questions the role of traditional ceramic objects.

We often see ceramics in our everyday objects but rarely as part of a mechanism. On the other hand, mechanical ceramics are widely used in advanced technology. The aim of this project is to challenge traditional ceramics by designing an articulated mechanism that explores the technical properties of the material, offering a colourful, amusing and rigorous open system that can be used in further applications.

Simple geometric components linked by elastic cords reveal the function as a visual feature. The playfulness of the system invites you to manipulate the lamps and enjoy the feeling of the pieces sliding smoothly around each other. The whole lamp is the mechanism and each lamp can form part of a larger, more complex and interrelated ensemble. The versatility of the collection and the use of colour make them subtle artefacts suitable for diverse atmospheres and moods, from rational and paired down to the most eccentric.

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