This glowing blue lamp is a conceptual design by Teresa van Dongen. The suspended lamp is composed of two brass weights and an azure glass tube.

Likeness to lightsabers and Dr. Manhattan aside, the design is an interesting move in eco-friendly lighting. The lamp eschews electricity, instead relying on bioluminescent octopus bacteria, which van Dongen calls “Ambio.” The bacteria naturally glow when moved, and the lamp “turns on” with a slight push.

As of yet, the bacteria die off after two days, so the design is still in development. In the future, the designers strive to find a feeder solution that will sustain the bacteria without overcrowding the vessel. The end goal is to create an installation that shows the environmental and aesthetic possibilities of biolume.

Photography by Hans Boddeke)

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Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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