Romanian Designer Created This Breakable Concrete Lamp For A Reason
Ever thought about how a concrete lamp would look like? Probably not – who would? Anyway, a Romanian designer by the name of Dragos Motica has created just that – a concrete lamp. But this isn’t your ordinary concrete lamp – if there really is such a thing. The Slash Lamp, as it’s called, is cylindrical in shape and has parts that are made out of birch plywood. It also comes equipped with a LED bulb, as well as a reinforced shade encased in concrete.
The lamp was designed for the Romanian furniture brand UBIKUBI, and has a special feature – it can break. Okay, that might sound a bit counterintuitive and it’s bit misleading too. This concrete lamp comes in a cardboard poster tube, and inside, beside the lamp itself, there’s also a small rock with which the user can smash away at the lamp in order to expose the wire mesh beneath. They can also leave it as it is – dealer’s choice.
“By breaking the lamp you are becoming the designer of a unique object“, says Motica. “By leaving it unbroken, you choose the serialised object because you like it as it is. So you are taking a very subjective decision. The lamp is suspended from the ceiling by a textured cord, attached to a carabiner and spool to enable its height to be adjusted.”
“The materials are inspired by industrial facilities, construction sites, rope climbing, and spool for high voltage wires. My goal was to use very common and cheap materials. By doing so, I question the final product’s value, its meaning to the user. Another reason for using concrete was the aesthetic of filtered light passing through broken reinforced concrete,” he added.
The manufacturing of this lamp is as industrial as its look suggests. The lamp shade itself is made by pouring concrete into a silicone mould, over a wire mesh. Once this process is over, the concrete is let to settle and is then air dried and polished smooth. A cork core is inserted into the concrete shape so as to protect the light bulb for when you finally decide to take up that rock and smash the lamp into pieces.