The Fossil; A dimmable interior table/pendant lamp.
Commissioned for DESIGN EVENT @ BALTIC CENTRE
FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 2011.

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Manufactured from amberized borosilicate glass, The Fossil contains an Edison filament with a touch sensitive dimmer switch that ‘breathes with you’ whilst you grasp it.

Intended as living museum piece, the lamp is a preservation of Thomas Edison’s first truly reliable filament bulb, invented circa 1880. Resembling a fossil preserved in amber, the lamp demonstrates the transition of the filament from an object of fundamental functionality, to its place today as an icon of design heritage. A representation of the beauty of innovation, the bulb is now retired to a life behind glass, as a true industrial fossil.

Blown using laboratory glass production methods, with an amber finish ordinarily used to prevent the contents of chemical vases and drug vessels from deteriorating, the capsule form is a reference to the material’s scientific heritage - Whilst the finish itself enhances the notion of preservation.

The pulsing dimmer switch enables the user to ‘breathe life’ back into the filaments, establishing the warmth and magnetism that sets traditional bulbs apart from many contemporary lighting solutions.

Commissioned for DESIGN EVENT @ BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART 2011.

Photography by Mark Slater.