Meditative LED bowl lamp recharges with circular motions

Shlomi Mir is one of Israel’s most visionary designers whose recent tumbleweed anti-desertification project earned him a Lexus Design Award alongside giants like Toyo Ito. But its his beautiful rechargeable LED bowl lamp that we are drooling over today – an elegant combination of art, design, tradition, technology and even spirituality.

Inspired by traditional Tibetan Singing Bowls, traditional mortar and pestles and modern technology, Mir designed the lamp to be meditative and functional.

Equipped with a copper coil that functions as both a reflector and energy generator, along with a low-energy Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulb, and a magnet, the lamp is recharged with kinetic energy.

But it requires a very specific kind of motion to charge this lamp – a meditative and circular motion, one that makes it easy to do a few minutes of meditation in exchange for a gentle illumination.

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It doesn’t require a great amount of force to produce the energy necessary to re-charge the lamp; instead, it rewards a gentle approach, which is so brilliant on so many different levels. What a beautiful way to incorporate a slower, more earth-connected mentality so that technology can have a beneficial impact on our lives.

Albeit still completing his studies at the Bezalel Academy of Design (where else?) in Jerusalem, Mir has an impressive design repertoire under his belt already.

I got hooked on design building guitars and websites, spent my army service developing E.O.D.robots, and over the past few years have been developing interactive exhibits for Madatech Israel National Museum of Science, Technology & Space,” he writes on his website like it’s no big deal.

He adds, “For me, design is a bridge between different fields and disciplines, details and context, theory and practice – connecting problems to solutions.”

We couldn’t agree more.

To see more examples of fine Israeli design, be sure to check out Shlomi’s website.

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By Tafline Laylin

As a tour leader who led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America, Tafline soon realized that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.

Born in Iran, raised in South Africa and the United States, she currently splits her time between Africa and the Middle East.

Tafline can be reached at tafline (at) greenprophet (dot) com, @teakettle22,

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