Wood, steel, concrete. It’s a match made in design studio heaven and the perfect combination for an iconic, highly-priced reimagining of the chunky WWII era searchlights that entire Battalions were formed around. Having seen that New Duivendrecht launched the Barrel Lamp light design from design duo Tim Smit and Erik de Nijs of Nieuwe Heren, I thought of the construction process I had seen on how the unique light came together. Here’s a glimpse into the process.

The Barrel Lamp Light Design

If you’ve seen a WWII searchlight up close, you’ll may wonder why anyone would want a massive light spilling a beam powerful enough to shine through your body and peel the glaze off ceramic figurine collection sitting on the bookcase. These pieces are however, a scaled down, less lumen-scattering take on the searchlights in the days of yore.

The two-axis light measures 26 inches (66cm) tall with a 13 inch (33 cm) diameter lamp. It’s no small number on the sticker price though. You can buy the light from New Duivendrecht for $800 (649 Euro) – not including shipping on a light with a concrete base. Still, the steps taken to create it are interesting and could even help inspire your own searchlight construction project.

Source: Nieuwe Heren
Searchlight Image: Skylighters
Via Design Milk


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.