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Brilliant Salt Crystal Lamp is Grown in a Bucket
Posted By Ana Lisa On March 21, 2011 @ 5:05 pm In Design,Green Lighting,Green Materials,Green Products,Innovation | No Comments
Swedish  designers Apokalyps Labotek  mixed chemistry with innovation to create a crystalline lamp made almost entirely from salt . The brilliant lighting fixture emulates the glimmering look of a glass chandelier, and it took virtually no energy or labor to make – the Malmo-based designers simply grew the lamp’s shade using a salt solution and a bucket. Best of all, the lamp can be composted at the end of its life cycle.
Apokalyps Labotek  grew their Crystal Lamp from a harmless type of mineral salt  that is produced as a by-product of a local chemical industry. The material is crystalized around a bucket to create the shape of a modern chandelier — the lamp’s structure can be tasted for a salty kick (when unplugged of course).
The Crystal Lamp’s saline shape addresses a pressing social and environmental issue: in China silicosis  is a common form of lung disease caused by poor working conditions and the lack of proper protective equipment in glass factories. In a world where the average life expectancy of a Chinese stonecutter is 35 years, this floaty experimental lamp raises the issue on the true cost of the things we own.
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 Swedish: http://inhabitat.com/alvisilkchair-is-an-eco-chair-inspired-by-traditional-looms/
 Apokalyps Labotek: http://www.apocalypselab.net/index.html
 salt: http://inhabitat.com/enlightening-and-savory-lamps-made-of-salt/
 salt: http://inhabitat.com/motoi-yamamotos-mind-bogglingly-intricate-mazes-drawn-with-salt/
 silicosis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silicosis
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