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Inspired by the photon’s wave-particle duality, the project explores the development of a lamp that conceals its functionality behind the mask of its decorative nature. The adoption of these multiple identities allowed for the creation of a product that could be introduced into an environment under the facade of a static ornament, only to reveal its true nature when required.


Symbolically, vases (and by extension, the pot and jar) have been regarded as functional and decorative objects for centuries; revered as a spiritual and storytelling medium for certain cultures, or acting as aesthetic signifiers of wealth and status. In modern society, it isn't uncommon to find them in a typical household, be it for visual appeal or a practical purpose - the beauty being in their universal commonality.

The project draws inspiration from this already established identity, and how it has persevered from its millennia-old conception to build its familiarity on a global scale, across all cultures. In essence, Houdini bases itself upon this iconic character, and attempts to enhance the functional characteristics by demonstrating the possibility for a fundamentally different practical application.


It was decided that inspiration for the shape would be taken from the Memphis Group and Cubist Movement, with a design that featured hard, jagged geometric forms. While a myriad of designs could have been adapted to create the lamp’s form, the pursued direction was motivated by the combination of a personal design preference, and the desire to create an object with a bold, maverick identity.

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The Internal Mechanism focusses on the creation of a system that allows for the bulb to be smoothly extracted and retracted, and by extension, use the motion to behave as a power switch. The mechanism uses magnetic contacts to make (and break) the electrical circuit, causing an extracted bulb to complete the circuit and light-up, with a retracted bulb breaking the connection and turning off.


There is a certain beauty in seeing objects coming together to present a sense of unity, and when working on this project, the intention was to develop a product that could become seamlessly integrated within its environment: the task being the creation of a lamp that wasn't visibly a lamp.

It may sound counterintuitive, but the logic is that while all luminaries are designed to be visually pleasing, they are still inherently 'lamps' which really assigns a standardised label to their whole identity, limiting them from ever truly becoming 'one with the room'. The diversion from the idea of what a luminaire "should be" allowed for the creation of a more fluid product that sits outside the tag of normality.