When it comes to energy-saving and eco-friendly design, we’ve seen some pretty nutso stuff already on Green Prophet. We’ve salivated over Hasadna’s ice cream spoon chandeliers, envied Merav Feiglin’s TrashLights, been impressed by Studio Mesila’s upcycled wood laminate lamps, and ogled KOZO’s lamps made out of reused plumbing tools. But a lamp that’s powered exclusively by produce? That’s… um…. new.
A work of art as well as a statement about our energy usage, the “Still light” lamp is operated by a chemical reaction that takes place between the tomato acids, zinc and copper. The lamp is powered until the tomatoes become stale.
The large amount of tomatoes required to power the lamp draws the viewer’s attention to the amount of natural resources that we require for our energy consumption. Yes, the lamp is powered by tomatoes and not fossil fuel generated energy. But organic energy sources (such as tomatoes, apparently) require a lot of energy to produce as well and are not as “green” as they could be.
As the designer has described the “Still light” lamp, it is a “hybrid LED light system, integrating organic and metal parts within a single electrical circuit. Similar to a simple battery, the LED lamp is powered by an electrochemical reaction of copper and zinc electrodes placed in the tomatoes. The use of natural components gives the object an organic, finite life cycle; a reminder of life’s impermanence.”
d-VISION, a 2 year internship program for Product Development and Industrial Design, aims “to foster the next generation of outstanding industrial designers.”
Read more about funky green design from Israel:
Junktion’s Designs are the Intersection of Waste and Whimsy
Ten Sustainable Israeli Designers Who Reduce, Reuse & Recycle
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