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. tomato light milan furniture fair on off salonesatellite photo
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."

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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.

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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).

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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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