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The Illuminant lamp is a creation by the Icelandic product designer Kristin Birna Bjarnadottir. It was created during her final assignment at the Iceland Academy of the Arts in the Spring of last year (2008). The concept behind it is based on the old adage of ‘what goes around comes around’.

“When making experiments with the reflective material I thought a lot of the existence of people getting reflection of their own behavior. I believe that it’s true: you reap as you sow.”

The lamp shade is made from reflective material usually used in the making of safety clothing. Long threads, made from the same material as the shade, hang down like the tentacles of a Portuguese Man o’ War jellyfish. Below, on the floor, rests an LED light which shines up onto the translucent material creating patterns on the ceiling.


Four colored glass plates (red, violet, blue and brown) are included which can be used to cover the floor light in order to change the overall tone. The lampshade hangs on a near invisible fish-line from the ceiling.

What do you think of this lampshade design? Would you want one?

See: Kristin Birna Bjarnadottir.

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