A Different Take on the “Mushroom Lamp”
|February 15, 2010||Posted by Philip under Interview, Tid Bit|
Table lamps that look like mushrooms are nothing new. Several versions of such lamps are available, and they are usually intended as small table lamps or accent pieces.
However, a post at Geeky Gadgets caught my interest in a floor version of a mushroom lamp from Australian designer Simon Duff. Duff is known for creating stylish and practical furniture concepts for home or office, as well as for commercial or industrial use.
It’s not a brand new design, having been featured on furniture and design websites since it first appeared in 2006. According to Simon Duff’s website:
An example of ultra low wattage LED lighting technology, the Mushroom Floor Lamp uses just a fraction of the power standard light globes use. The adopted shape of a mushroom combined with turbine like gills is symbolic of the union between sustainable design and new technology assisting us to reduce the impact we have on our planet.
For a floor lamp it’s on the small side, but Simon defends its practicality. “The mushroom lamp is a floor lamp and is basically the size of a 1/2 metre cube,” he explains, “so its not really that small.”
It certainly would make a striking addition to any living space. “It serves as a mood lamp and creates a lovely warm glow capable of lighting up a small room or corner effectively,” he says. “Its high output LED light source can also be dimmed to create different moods.”
Because it employs cool-operating LEDs it can be safely placed on any surface, wood, plastic, metal or carpet. The mushroom floor lamp is being manufactured in a limited run of 200. However, according to Simon, “We always hold stock and have recently release a mini table mushroom that is approximately half the size and available in a range of colours.”
How exactly does a designer get the inspiration to create such a product? “The idea to design this lamp literally just popped into my head one day,” says Duff, ” and it evolved as more of a personal quest to create a sustainable product that promotes the use of organic materials and new technology.”
“The lamp is primarily hand crafted and they are beautifully finished. I think every single sale has resulted in an reply email stating how happy our customers are with their purchase.”
If you need one it’ll set set you back about $1750 AUS.