Although a lamp consisting of a lightbulb submerged in water might sound like a highly-hazardous concept to say the least, the young German designer Miriam Aust has found her solution to this seemingly-impossible idea which resulted in creation of this striking series of lights-cum-vases. Called just that, the award-winning ‘Vase & Leuchte’ consists of three, differently-sized clear glass lamps composed from an archetypal pendant lampshade surrounded by a cylinder, which can be filled with water and decorated with water plants or cut flowers.
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‘The basic contents of “Vase & Leuchte” is the need of having the nature at home by means of a plant. In most cases a plant is cultivated in a flowerpot, its stature is controlled and the space permitted. The draft is sounding out possible barriers and analysing how much a plant can be influenced, but still remain natural. A series of three glass-plant-lights is the result of exceptional combinations and unusual materials. The nature is presented artificially, the living being used as material and laboratory aesthetics is brought into the living room.’
‘The basis of the draft is as well the unusual combination of two articles of different purpose but similar placement in the room. A lamp normally is installed in the ceiling above the dining room table, where in most cases a vase is placed, too. Therefore the idea came up to combine both. The light is pulled down to the table, surrounded by a kind of cylinder, which can be filled with water and decorated with water plants or cuttings. The warmth of the halogen bulb supports the growth of the plants. The roots of the plant form the structure of the lamp shade in which the rays break. So the plant is not only decoration, but also a component of the object.’