Lamp OOO by Sergio Mannino and Jan Habraken



Italian architect Sergio Mannino and Dutch designer Jan Habraken have collaborated on Lamp OOO, a deliberately un-green light that uses incandescent bulbs rather than low-energy ones.


The lamp is designed to hold a stack of books and the designers are releasing a limited edition of 99 of the lamps that come complete with a hand-selected and signed set of books.


Here's some info from Habraken (with some original spelling):


Lamp OOO is the first collaboration between italian architect Sergio Maninno (1969) and dutch designer Jan Habraken (1975). Sergio Mannino started his career in italy wit a crossbreed between art and architecture. With praise by late Ettore Sottsass Mannino created his
rst furniture concepts at the Postdesign-Memphis gallery in Milan.

After few years of being the principal of renown Studio 63 in New York he is now starting his own office focusing on architecture, interiors and product design.

Jan Habraken studied at the worldwide acclaimed Design Academy Eindhoven after a shortened study of architectural engineering. Habraken immediately started succesfull designrm WATdesign and recently opened his own studio in New York.

Sergio and Jan met through their common love for design. More specifically Sergio fell in Love with the plastic diamond ring from byAMT, while Jan fell in love with Alissia Melka-Teichroew, owner of byAMT.

Their love for architecture and design made them decide to start collaborating on a few projects. The results of this collaboration are two booth designs at the ICFF 2008 (for Kikkerland and Charles and Marie) and lamp OOO.

Lamp OOO is the rst out of a series of lights. The light is a nice blend of Italian architecture and the smart Dutch Design. Most remarkably is the fact that the light contains three 10 watts light bulbs in an era where compact fluorescent (CFL) lights are a must. This deliberate choice was made to let people think differently instead of following the "green" herd. These 3 light bulbs are a better choice for nature, even if too many out there are trying to convince you about the opposite.

The energy to make the CFL bulbs and the energy to recycle it (when you do it and you don't let the mercury spill in the dumpster) are in no comparison to the energy it saves. Not talking about the danger of millions of lamps containing mercury and the health of the people in the factories that produce them. After all, we also all have to admit that the light of the standard bulb is far more pleasant than the new LED or CFL's.

The light is a stylish ornament which can be stuck in between a pile of books. While looking for a suitable manufacturer to mass produce the lamp, Mannino and Habraken will sell their light, together with a stack of books personally handpicked and signed, in a limited edition of 99 pieces. Each lamp will have different books: design can be many different things, not only function and efficiency, and each one of them will tell a different story.

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  • ZYNK

    Not only is it ugly, but looks inefficient. Very sad to find that this kind of objects are considered to be design.

  • design eh? shouldn’t IKEA be featured here then?

  • blank

    Have they created a new product category? The world’s first Book-Fading device. Gone are the days of leaving my precious books in the sun to get all faded and yellow.

  • Honkie

    Guzhen town, China; you have been able to buy these for years and they don’t go through the BS of signing any boooks.

  • Peter

    One more tiring and pretentious nonsense project, especially the “deliberate decision to make people think” part. I don´t blame the designers though, as they might still live in a cave because of the high energy needed to build a house.

  • glue

    Are the books usefull to weight the lamp… or are there here to hide its bottom ?

  • escape

    How great is that – Why get a lamp for reading if you can have this one to illuminate the books laying there instead? Reading sucks anyway…
    For the “green conspiracy” thing and the uselessness of the whole concept they’d spank you at most design-schools!

  • I find their about the ‘environmentally conscience’ decision to use incandescent bulbs ridiculous. Even, “After all, we also all have to admit that the light of the standard bulb is far more pleasant than the new LED or CFL’s.”
    We don’t all have to admit that.

  • Frak

    Green people suck.

  • jan habraken

    As said we’d like people to think about their products. Apparantly we succeeded…
    please not that it’s proven incandescent bulbs are more environmental friendly then CFL and 90% of the world dislikes the light of CFL and LED.

  • John T

    If they had just called it a simple decorative table lamp, I would have thought it was kind of cool. But they had to go and oversell it, and now I think it’s stupid. It fails as an anti-green contrarian statement. 30 watts? That’s nothing. It fails as a reading lamp. The unshaded bulbs would glare in your eyes as much as they illuminate the page (and 30 watts isn’t enough light for comfortable reading). They say it’s “designed to hold a stack of books”, but I don’t see how that works in the photos.

  • Ben

    Hahaha looks like all the typical “BUT HOW IS IT GREEN!?!?!!!” posters have their knickers in a twist.

    I love this lamp. Simple, clean and efficient shape. (Can’t say I’m exactly sold on the books, however I can see the poetics in it.)

  • lucklucky

    I dont know if Bulb is better energy wise than CFL. My father made some calculations and he found that CFL was cheaper in long run(i know it is not the same but it is related) than the bulb, unless of course the green bandwagon makes CFL cheaper due to Industries get a nice Government check that came from all our taxes. Anyway kudos to not get into green bandwagon, if there is one thing to say is the lack of reliable information (=non-politicized) in media about that kind of issues.

  • amsam

    In what special way does this lamp base “hold” a stack of books? My coffee table holds a stack of books pretty well, if this is the standard. Dumb and dumber.

  • This is crap, they could have easily used LED’s with frosted diffusers to look like incandescent lamps

  • Marcelo

    please …what is this?

  • kasorp

    a tragedy

  • Sabir

    If this is ‘DESIGN” ..thank God I am not a designer.!!

  • alicia loy griffin

    good concept. from the land of obama!

  • It’s simple but elegant. I like the simplicity of the design..