The tagline is appropriate: BLOW – light up, be bright! What takes the cake is the question, “Have you ever blown up a lamp?” Of course not! Unless that is your kink, here is your chance to give an ultra-light lamp a good ‘blow.’ Fifty Shade of Lust aside, this innovate lamp design is crafted from pulse-welded sheets of aluminium-coated PE (NICE) and takes advantage of the latest LED technology.
Keeping it simple, the LED component is designed to be separate from the inflatable body of the lamp. Technically speaking, we have PE (polyethylene) films and barrier film with aluminum coating used in the construction. Interestingly the illumination produced is more of diffused in nature. This is thanks to the aluminum foil serving as a reflector; hence the LED gleams subtly.
German designer Theo Möller has created an intriguing product that gives us a fresh new perspective on how we interact with our everyday objects. Surely no one anticipated that a day would come where we could blow-up a lamp, just like how we do a balloon! As explained by Möller, he intended to create a flying lamp that would fly thanks to the heat of bulbs. However we have to settle for a lamp that you blow into via valve. Apparently the valve keeps in the air and stays closed thanks to the air pressure inside the tube, creating an illuminated balloon.
The designer also explains that to form the tubes, he fixed sheets of aluminum-coated PE together around the edges using pulse welding. This is a technique that uses magnets and electrical current to fuse the metals together. The lamp is as simple as it gets, a 4-meter version weighs about 600g. The dimensions are: height 70mm; width 100mm; depth 1000mm-4.000mm.
The versatility of the lamp lies in the fact that you can suspended from the ceiling using nylon threads or use it as a floor or table lamp. In its table lamp avatar, the balloon attaches to the powder-coated metal stands using magnets hidden inside the tubes. It ships flat-packed and folded; to deflate the lamp one simply has to insert a straw into the valve, which allows the air to escape. We hope to see many versions of this basic design in the future.