This glowing blue lamp is a conceptual design by Teresa van Dongen. The suspended lamp is composed of two brass weights and an azure glass tube.

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Likeness to lightsabers and Dr. Manhattan aside, the design is an interesting move in eco-friendly lighting. The lamp eschews electricity, instead relying on bioluminescent octopus bacteria, which van Dongen calls “Ambio.” The bacteria naturally glow when moved, and the lamp “turns on” with a slight push.

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As of yet, the bacteria die off after two days, so the design is still in development. In the future, the designers strive to find a feeder solution that will sustain the bacteria without overcrowding the vessel. The end goal is to create an installation that shows the environmental and aesthetic possibilities of biolume.

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Photography by Hans Boddeke)