Endangered Species Sculptural Lighting displays the disappearing incandescent bulb in all its glory
Found at Toronto's Interior Design Show 2014
In 2024, our homes are lit with LED fixtures that run on low voltage DC or just pick up the electricity they need from the induction coils built into our apartment floors and ceilings. But there is a whole subculture known as Screwpunk, where people hide behind heavy drapes in dark places, and crave the light of the illegal screw-in E27 Edison base incandescent light bulb. They have hoarded them for a decade or paid a fortune on E27Bay. They treasure fixtures that don't hide the treasured bulbs, but expose them in all their industrial glory.
The hero of the Screwpunk movement is designer Phillip Toesev, who in 2014 unveiled a series of light fixtures made from industrial fittings and lamp bases, bolted together and filled with contraband bulbs of various sizes. He described the fixtures for an exhibition called Endangered Species.
Lloyd Alter/CC BY 2.0
Module based sculptural lighting system exploring the natural beauty of incandescent lighting. The shapes and forms of the lightbulbs are used as elements of design to shape the structures. The system uses 7.5-60 Watt lightbulbs with E27 bases in various combinations.
These are obviously not very practical light fixtures, and by 2024 it will be hard to keep them lit; our house wiring may not even run at 120 volts AC anymore. But what a way to go out in style; perhaps Phillip really has started a movement. More at Artimot