This won’t fit everyone’s ideas about living a simpler life, but it’s hard not to like this charming design by Danielle Trofe: The Hourglass Floor Lamp.
The lamp is 4 feet (122 cm) tall, assembled from a handblown vessel created from recycled glass, a steel stand, sustainable wood, and LEDs. It’s advertised as an off-the-grid lighting solution.
How does it work? Rotate the lamp to turn it on – the kinetic energy from the falling sand creates the electricity to power the lights.
No word on how long the light lasts before another rotation is required, or how much it costs, or where it’s sold, or any other practicalities. It’s not that kind of a lamp. This is the kind of a product whose conceptual content nudges it into the realm of art, or as the designer writes on her site:
(Rotating the lamp) to extend the life of the light…creates a user connection and a greater awareness of the value and finite source of light energy.
Read: our finite resources – always a good reminder to have.
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