Shedding New Light On Things

The first Salone night is spent at the Venture Lambrate, a new area in Milan’s North-East outskirts, dedicated to 236 designers on a total of 5,000 square meters of exhibition space. But it doesn’t feel like an ordinary exhibition. Instead, it feels like a well-kept secret jungle when you’re meandering through people, buildings, rooms, gardens and over stairs, rooftops and zebra-crossings.

We stumbled upon the launch of Castor, a multidisciplinary design bureau from Canada, that is about to storm the European design charts. Their Invisible Chandelier is made out of a unique collection of (old-fashioned) halogen light-bulbs, whereas the light itself comes from a LED-filled board, placed on top of the bulbs.

As often the case with good design: it looks simple, yet is complicated. So far, the designers behind Castor managed to give a new life to old guitar samplers, phone cords, fire extinguishers, exhaust pipes and car-headlights. This way those (re-)usables can now shed some new light on things.

Of course I now feel as if I will be able to draw up a comparable miracle of a chandelier in my own home. Therefore, I will start collecting, no, hoarding, old light-bulbs from today onwards. So you know where to send them. What else do you think could use a new life in a lamp?

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