The Fossil Lamp by Neil Conley
Designer Neil Conley from Manchester UK has created The Fossil Lamp. The lamp is made from amberized borosilicate glass. It contains three metal connectors, a filament bulb and a touch sensitive dimmer switch. According to the designer, “Intended as living museum piece, the lamp is a preservation of Thomas Edition’s first truly reliable bulb, invented circa 1880. Resembling a fossil preserved in amber, the lamp demonstrates the transition of the filament from an object of fundamental functionality, to its place today as an icon of design heritage. A representation of the beauty of innovation, the bulb is now retired to a life behind glass, as a true industrial fossil.
Blown using laboratory glass production methods, with an amber finish ordinarily used to prevent the contents of chemical vases and drug vessels from deteriorating, the capsule form is a reference to the material’s scientific heritage. Whilst the finish itself enhances the notion of preservation.
The pulsing dimmer switch enables the user to ‘breath life’ back into the filaments, establishing the warmth and magnetism that sets traditional bulbs apart from many contemporary lighting solutions.”
Image Courtesy: Neil Conley