Designer: B.Light Design - Ben Light
Location: New York City, New York, USA
Secret Passageway Switch
An electrical switch, disguised inside of your favorite hard-covered book, used to activate a secret passageway (or turn on a lamp).
I have been plagued with the all too common New Yorker dream -- finding a hidden room in my small studio apartment. Every time I wake, I briefly believe that I suddenly have more square footage. Unfortunately, that sensation is fleeting. I tried to create a device that would simulate the experience of discovering this secret room. I created the classic "hidden passageway book entrance" I've seen in many a B movie. The project was fun and the results were very satisfying.
Core77: How did you learn that you had been recognized by the jury?
I was waiting at gate C16 in the Newark Airport (my flight was delayed for 5 hours) and I watched the live feed on my phone.
What's the latest news or development with your project?
I am making a small run of the Secret Passageway Switches and attempting to put together a how-to-install video. Should be ready in the next month or so.
What is 1 quick anecdote about your project?
I have a switch installed in my living room bookcase, it turns on a lamp. I showed my young nephew how it works and now he pulls all of my books off the shelf thinking they all do something special.
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