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November 22, 2009

The Oyule turn the incandescent bulb into the very thing it replaced

The Oyule turn the incandescent bulb into the very thing it replaced

Everything (well, one thing anyway) old is new again, and vice versa with an oil lamp made from a reclaimed incandescent light globe. The work of industrial designer Sergio Silva, the Oyule lamps are his attempt to “send the bulbs back in time”, at a period when the incandescent bulb is itself being replaced by newer lighting technology.

The bulbs are filled with non-flammable paraffin oil, while a fiberglass wick replaces the filament. To ensure the bulbs don’t pose too much of a fire hazard, Silva has placed a spherical neodymium magnet inside the bulb that corresponds to a steel component embedded in the Oyule’s acrylic base. This ensures the bulbs stay upright.

Such industrial design irony doesn’t come cheap, however. Each hand-made set of two Oyule lamps will be sold in a limited edition of 66 sets for US$650 – including shipping – and will be sent with a certificate of authenticity, numbered and signed by Sergio Silva.

Via 66degrees and Craziest Gadgets

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5 Comments

What a perfect way to burn your house down.

leojman
22nd November, 2009 @ 11:42 pm PST

How does one ignite a flame using non-flammable paraffin?

Terotech
23rd November, 2009 @ 03:53 am PST

There's a nice $10 DIY project... and I save 640 bucks!

:)

Doc

matthew.rings
23rd November, 2009 @ 05:45 pm PST

reverse tech at it's best

rhoter
11th January, 2010 @ 01:55 pm PST

Grrrr. It really chaps me when I see a designer ripping off something I have seen people making on other DIY websites, workshops and small craft fairs for years before this over priced piece of "art" hit the market.

I guess it goes to show that Art is not only in the eye of the beholder but in the name attached to it

MalakiD
24th February, 2011 @ 08:31 am PST
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