Whether they glow in the dark or are uncommonly rare, mushrooms are the incredible, unsung heroes of the natural world. They can bio-remediate oil spills, potentially cure diseases, and when used in your garden, can lessen its need for watering. Now, thanks to Japanese artist Yukio Takano, you can even have a LED version of them on your desk, transforming any mundane workspace into one of glowing, fungal wonder.
Made with glass, salvaged driftwood and outfitted with energy-efficient LEDs and unique little light switches, Takano -- who creates under the name The Great Mushrooming -- seems to get the little details right enough to make these lamps look like the real thing (they come with hidden battery packs, to up the authentic-look factor, apparently).
The packaging appears to be made out of recycled materials but it's nevertheless elegant.
One may argue that this is superfluous stuff, but one could counter that anything that helps combat fungi-phobia will also spread the knowledge of how beneficial mushrooms can be. Takano's mushroom lights are one-of-a-kind, and while he sells at design fairs like Tokyo's Design Festa, according to blogger tokyobling he doesn't ship them abroad, due to the fragility of these glassworks. You can always feast your eyes over at Yukio Takano's site The Great Mushrooming and visit the portfolio.