We're a fan of fire, especially when it comes to DIY projects like a sun-powered grill, an incendiary bicycle, or what is still probably the best IKEA hack ever. But besides its culinary or propulsive properties, fire is really just a source of light, and we also love it when designers come up with new ways to provide this basic necessity.
San Francisco-based designer Hoang M Nguyen has created a lamp design that certainly holds a flame to other lighting designs we've featured. The fixture, LampFire, is a fun play off of a traditional camping silhouette. The design, which is inspired by the act of gathering around a fire to bond with friends, features a bare hanging bulb staged to set the scene of a single source campfire.
Since the bulb is the main attraction in this design, there's room for customization in which lightbulb you decide to use—we recommend the Plumen 001 (at far left, above).
The fiery red cord is bunched and knotted at the top of the lamp's gathered "sticks," making it easy to adjust the height of the bulb and change the light's focus by simply tying a new knot.
The entire concept piece isn't big enough to light an entire room, but it's a bit too large to rightly serve a desk or table space. It might make a better statement piece than functional fixture—which isn't a bad thing. Nevertheless, we're looking forward to hopefully seeing this lamp hit the market sometime in the future.
What do you think—what's the perfect space for a lamp like this?