Dark Interiors? Let the Light Bulb Shine Brightly
In honor of the little-known Joseph Wilson Swan, who actually created the first working light bulb (and then collaborated with Thomas Edison, who had improved on his original plan), let's take a spin around the internet to find lamps- with which to decorate your interiors- that look exactly (or somewhat) like light bulbs.
First up is the gigantic SO1, designed by Sarah Olaerts and standing at four-and-a-half-feet tall. This lamp is shaped exactly like a regular light bulb, only incandescent all the way through and, uh, about forty times the size. It's big enough to fill empty space in a fashion showroom and visually strong enough to be able to share meadow space with a couple of cows. This remote-controlled LED-filled light bulb is equivalent of the gigantic MAX lamp that enjoyed a brief flare of fame a few years ago. While it may be too big for your apartment, it doesn't hurt to dream big.
A little bit more practical is the Vaka portable light bulb, designed by Ian Bach and mobile where the SO1 is a bulb-in-the-mud. The kicker here is the absolute mobility of these little bulb-shaped silicon objects, charged on a "tree" and turned on and off with a simple squeeze to its felt-wrapped base. if you need light in another room of the house this truly versatile lighting system allows you to easily shed a little light even in the darkest of corners.
Or there's Brooklyn-based designer Sergio Silva's Oyule, which he describes as "a modern-day light bulb that has traveled back in time, providing light as a traditional oil lamp." Produced by taking a standard light bulb and filling it with paraffin oil and a fiberglass wick, the Oyule is doubly conceptual given the double nostalgia factor of exposed light bulbs and oil heating. Silva's lamp costs $650, something which dumbfounded another creative designer, Bumpus, who came up with his own DIY version.
A little less cute and a little more raw is the German-designed Scheisse (cleverly named - look it up!) pendant light, designed by Hans Bleken Rud and shaped like a cracked-open light bulb. A chandelier of sorts that's meant for homes of people with avant-garde tastes (and probably a lot of cash).This is the lighting equivalent of designer Dror Benshetrit's smashed vase project for Rosenthal, and it's not for the faint of heart, or illumination.
And who doesn't have a thing for stickies? Whether it's a penchant for Post-it Notes or Wacky Wall Walkers, the Sticky Lamp by Chris Kabel will totally be up your kitschy alley. The PVC casing will literally stick on to any surface of your home - a wall, a window, a ceiling - and create an instant and interesting light source. And for under $50 (light bulb not included), the Sticky Lamp is within the price range of dorm and apartment dwellers everywhere.
Lest anyone think that this light bulb fetishizing is all so very brand-new, however, let us not forget the original light bulb lamp. Designed by Wilhelm Wagenfeld in 1924, this lamp, most commonly just referred to as the Bauhaus lamp, looks like the top of a light bulb has been gently and carefully sawn-off and stuck onto a very shiny rod.