This minimalist lamp responds in real time to earthquakes around the world. French artist Fabien Bouchard, who works under the name Parse/Error, linked the lamp to the data from IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) to which it reacts by emitting light pulses and rumble-like sounds when an earthquake occurs.

The modern design makes the Earthquake Lamp a stunning object for any home, but its purpose makes it more than a beautiful light source. The artist, who lived through the great 2011 Tōhoku earthquake in Japan, drew inspiration from this devastating event and created an product that would offer a tangible connection to the Earth and the power of nature.

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Its shape — a flattened planisphere that acts as the axis of the longitudes — emits light and sound pulses that shift according to the location, magnitude and duration of any earthquake around the world. The Earthquake Lamp is connected with a sub-woofer and produces an impressive rumble that will stop you in your tracks and induce a sense of both fascination and anxiety.

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Earthquake lamp, ParseError, Fabien Bouchard, lamps, earthquakes, minimalist design, Japan earthquakes, IRIS, green lighting

Earthquake lamp, ParseError, Fabien Bouchard, lamps, earthquakes, minimalist design, Japan earthquakes, IRIS, green lighting