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The Lichtbloem

November 22, 2013

Sold as a do-it-yourself kit, Dutch designer Coen Hoogstraten’s Lichtbloem is made from everyday objects.

The Lichtbloem (‘Light Flower’) is a small light object made from everyday objects. The light object is sold as a do-it-yourself kit consisting of a LED, a battery, a piece of wire, optic fibres, a push pin, a clothes peg and a ping pong ball. It might appear a slightly ragtag and random collection of, well, stuff, but the easy-to-follow instructions make it simple to assemble them into an attractive design piece.

With his light object, Dutch designer Coen Hoogstraten wants to stimulate the imagination by taking everyday objects out of their usual context.

The heart of the flower is the ping pong ball, which has a small space for the LED. A push pin is used to make tiny holes in the ball, through which the optic fibres are passed. The light from the LED flows through the fibres to create an atmospheric ball – or flower – of light.

The Light Flower was originally conceived to inspire the science workshops that Hoogstraten gave at schools. By assembling the light object students gained practical and entertaining insights into the theory behind light and electricity.


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