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Brief Published: 9 Mar 2015

Melt & Recreate: Temporal Lamp


Melt & Recreate by Stockholm/Copenhagen duo Siri Bahlenburg and Sofia Bergfeldt is a renewable lampshade made of ice that allows the user to take part in its recreation once it melts.

The lampshade takes 10 hours to melt, and the water is collected in a lamp-shaped mould underneath for reuse. The user can then refreeze the mould to create another lampshade. Water and electricity are not a typically safe combination. However, this is resolved by using LED lights in the top of the lamp fitting, while fibre optics reflect the light into the shade, rendering it safe for the user.

Combining function and transience, the object raises awareness of consumption of everyday objects in the home. The micro activity within the lamp invites contemplation; it has an almost hypnotic quality, encouraging a prolonged gaze and a spot of daydreaming in our otherwise busy lives. For more ideas that encourage a slower pace of life and stronger connection with the product and process, look to Design Democracy: Slow.

Meanwhile, we note designers’ increasing desire to employ temporal or transitory design as a catalyst for engaging consumers in our Exploring Ephemerality report. Works that disintegrate like the Melt & Recreate lampshade are rich in sentiment, therapeutic in their creation, and symbolic in their demise.