Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes the beholder likes things to be fancy and shiny, while other times she prefers simple and natural. If you’re the latter type of beholder, the Stripped Lamp by Floris Wubben is going to be the highlight of your Friday.
Unlike other eco-friendly designs that attempt to mimic or recreate naturalness, the Stripped Lamp epitomizes “what you see is what you get.” The lamp is made from nothing more than a single tree branch. No after market shade or legs are added. The only thing that didn’t originally grow out of the ground is the cord, fixture, and light bulb. Otherwise, it’s as close to a tree as you can get, if you’re a lamp.
The lamp is quite remarkable in that it represents the beautiful designs that are possible when we leave nature alone. To make the Stripped Lamp, Wubben split a single tree branch into three parts, removing the bark only from the lower sections to provide a contrast of color. These three prongs diverge to form the lamp’s legs, while at the top, the bark is cleverly coiled into a shade–kind of like what happens when you peel an apple in a circular motion with a knife.
“Each part of the tree branch obtains a new function, without losing its natural and exceptional appearance,” writes Wubben. “The original form of the branch will determinate the final form of the lamp. Therefore, every lamp is a unique piece of design.”
Unfortunately, as Gizmag points out, no price is included on Wubben’s website, which means the lamp’s “nakedness” probably doesn’t prevent it from being quite expensive. Also no word on what kind of light bulb it takes.
(If you like this kind of design, check out these tree branch iPod docking stations.)