Milan Furniture Fair 2010: Tomato-Powered Light? Wild Light Innovations by D-vision Students

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Still Light. Photo via On/Off by D-vision

There's nothing like a light powered by the juicy red fruit more commonly seen in insalata caprese in this city to get the crowd all excited. Or how about a light carved out of soap or light shades made of freshly blown soap bubbles?

One of the most attention-grabbing displays at Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2010's SaloneSatellite showcase of young designers was "On/Off," a collection of wildly innovative lighting designed by Israeli design graduate interns participating in the industrial design program D-Vision. Still Light, the hybrid LED light system above, is powered by an electrochemical reaction of copper and zinc electrodes fitted into tomatoes.
Still Light. Photo via On/Off by D-vision

The "On/Off" brochure says: "LED is on the verge of becoming the common technology in lighting. Installed in an electrical room, the "On/Off" project emphasizes the urgent need to reduce power consumption. The collection designed by D-vision explores various applications of LED lighting and pushes it towards surprising limits."

97% Soap. Photo via On/Off by D-vision

All of the lights in the exhibition use the most advanced LED technology for low energy consumption. I also liked the sweet tubby shape of the 97% Soap lamp, which showcases one major benefit of the low temperature of LEDs: more material choices.

With an incandescent bulb, this glycerin soap lamp would melt into a sticky, soapy mess. Materials with low melting temperatures are often cheaper and more sustainable, as they are often biodegradable.

Olla. Photo via On/Off by D-vision

OK, so hanging around blowing bubbles all day is unrealistic, but the concept for the glass, brass, and soap bubble Olla light is really neat: A person with a straw both powers and provide the lamp shades (freshly blown bubbles).

Olla. Photo via On/Off by D-vision

Like Still Light, Olla helps demonstrate the green power needed to replace consumption of fossil fuels for electricity -- and what it takes to produce it.

Discover More Wild Student Light Innovations by D-vision on Page 2

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