Mexican-born, Netherlands-based designer José de la O unveiled a brilliant hanging pendant lamp that doubles as a vegetable garden at this year’s Milan Furniture Fair. Dubbed “Vicky”, the lamp uses a special bulb that provides increased light in the blue spectrum, which helps the plants grow. The designer sees the lamp not only as a source of light but also as a resource for growing food in urban environments that lack space for a garden.
José de la O‘s hanging terrarium lamp was inspired by the structure of a Victorian lamp (that’s why it’s called Vicky). The base can be planted with a mixture of soil and moss, and it can accommodate a range of small vegetable plants or aromatic herbs like rosemary, basil or parsley. The Vicky Lamp is a limited-edition design that allows anyone to enjoy the benefits of a garden in the absence of natural light.
José de la O was recently recognized by Architectural Digest Mexico as one of the top ten young Mexican designers.