Noose light by Ana-Maria Pasescu Stewart

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Designer Ana-Maria Pasescu Stewart has created a light inspired by a hangman's noose.

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The lamps are made from thick rope with a power cable woven into the middle.

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"It is easy to assemble and maintain, and can be easily bent to many different shapes,"says the designer. "The idea is that you would purchase it along with its own metal or wooden pulley system, allowing the user to manipulate the height of the light as they please."

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The lamp is available in red, blue, green or black.

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Posted on Friday, March 13th, 2009 at 1:46 am by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • http://www.qwerty.com qwerty

    No Ana-Maria, no, no ….. this isn’t called debating life and death.

    It is, I’m afraid, nothing yet.

    There are many great works of art – and design that debate life and death. This is really just childish. Not provocative, just a bit silly. The provocative side to he many responses is that people are amazed that this is actually posted on Dezeen.

    Are you a student or a designer?

    Try to start with ‘regarding the pain of others’ by Susan Sontag, or ‘The History of Torture’ , then try and make a new design. If it’s just a little joke, don’t bother reading those books.

    Simply presenting this to the world is not enough. Starck – maybe he can get away with the gun… but we do not know you – and so this…. this photoshopped image is just an idea from a sketchbook – which makes us only think – this is an idea from a students sketchbook, why is it on Dezeen?

    It takes much much more than this to make us think about death.

    My parent’s friend hanged himself – and his child found him hanging there dead. The reality of that situation is what you are up against with this nothing little skethbook joke.

  • http://www.yatzer.com Prof ZUY, micro trends

    Starck is wrong there about feminine design
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6hQpoLGcJw&hl=fr

  • http://willhaveonesoon ana-maria

    Let me begin by strongly stating that this is not a joke and i have also like the rest of us lost people in different circumtances, i do not come from a fairy tale background and my concept is deeper than what meets the eye…!

    Im really sorry to hear that about your friend.

    Student or designer, its a concept, like everyone has said a photoshop illustration of an idea!

    Olivero Toscanis -campaigns for Benetton from 1982 until 2000. Toscani would use controversial photographs of sick and dying people, along with ideas of racism to evoke emotion from the consumer. He also used his photographs for the campaign to comment on other global issues such as war, religion and capital punishment. His photographs were bold and gripping and generally the Benetton company logo would merely be placed on the piece as a caption.

  • Hemi

    Jesus.

  • Dev

    would be nice to see a real version rather than a photoshopped picture.

    I need convincing

  • http://www.seeper.com Evan Grant

    Ana I always did think you were a dissenting pervert… Rope Me, I love it!

  • http://www.yatzer.com ZUY, creative stategies

    Le premier projet me fait penser à une lampe autoproduite par une ancienne diplômée de l’ENSCI dont Starck Ubik est l’un des employeurs importants…
    http://www.blogdecodesign.fr/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/suspension-noeud.jpg

  • valters bruzgulis

    it seems like your designer abilities has to be insufficient or you are having some lame concept of human beings existence.

    similar would be to design of a razor blades bed :):)
    nice idea……………………….

  • http://mihlk.com mihlka

    Wow! I was looking for some bit of irony in the photos to make sense of this design. Not seeing it. Creepy. Maybe it’s the red bird?

  • t

    i think this has to an early april fools thing right?

  • t

    although on a second glance, i do like the way that the light bulb looks like its just hanging there in the circular ish rope space, (its suspention doesnt seem so obvious in some of the photos) – makeing them “light noose’s” ?

  • t

    actually, ive just been thinking – i couldn’t live with it and nor would i buy it but essentually, it seems (what i get from it) is that your takeing something with very dark conatations and trying to shine ‘light’ on it.. which i find both v brave and an interesting concept

  • t

    last thought – does the red bird (red robin?) represent love?

  • Me – the ecologist

    May be it is just a commentary about ecology?
    Have a look at: http://www.dodolivin.de/english/lamps_gangsta_cms.php

  • Georgia-Rose

    What a response…

    Ana-Maria is constantly full of ideas, to see the response to such a unique piece of work makes me immensely proud of someone I can call a best friend.

    I know nothing about product design… But I do know that everyone out there has ideas… Right or wrong – matter of opinion as you’ve all proven by posting your individual comments.
    Each of those ideas someone has are unique to a person and tell a story, and hold inspiration for others…

    Well done bean x

  • http://www.asdfghjkl.com asdfghjkl

    t
    “takeing something with very dark conatations and trying to shine ‘light’ on it.. which i find both v brave and an interesting concept”

    oh god….no no no… using something with ‘dark conatations’ [sic] is just simply easy and callous. Being given a gun for Christmas and then shooting a blind old dog with it is not ‘brave’ nor ‘interesting’ it is just obvious and quite frankly boring. (please learn to capitalise your ‘i’)

    Please before anyone anyone anyone writes anything about this poorly photoshopped cliche image please refer back to the swastika and crucifix tables by Richard Hutten. Hutten makes some ‘interesting’ and ‘brave’ research into the notion of symbols with highly sensitive iconography. The piece here is tacky, vastly out of date, and insensitive. Not provocative. Not controversial.

    The ‘controversial’ aspect is Dezeen’s bravery to show something so half baked.

    …………………………

    Georgia Rose, I’m sorry but:

    “I know nothing about product design… But I do know that everyone out there has ideas… Right or wrong – matter of opinion as you’ve all proven by posting your individual comments.”

    thankfully – design is not art, and not anywhere near the complexity of art. Here it’s a bit more clear cut than that. The positive opinions are simply misguided, possibly by other people who know nothing about product design?

  • http://anarchitekture.deviantart.com/ Anarchitekture

    sorry to dissapoint you, but you failed at what you were trying to do, an object of debate ..life vs death. 94% of the comments, including mine, hate it. when i first saw it, i didn’t think of death and the deep meaning of life, enjoying it while it lasts, conserve energy so we don’t all die in the future..etc
    it is just a SIMPLISTIC way to do that and unskillful, the links that ZUY posted are based, probably, on the same idea but the design is way better.
    @ valters bruzgulis : good point on the razor blade bed :)
    if i really wanted to make a statement about that, i’d probably choose something more contemporary, something that kills people NOW, like a cigarette type of desk lamp, or some guns/grenades with a fancy glow, when i see a rope with a bulb attached on it, i can only think that it was the 1st thing that came into mind and you didn’t bother improving the concept.
    The only good thing is the idea of a debate life/death, but like i said, there are better examples of that (ZUY posted) and this just shows how little you worked on the idea & the design.
    I hope theese comments help you to see the reality and hopefully make you improve yourself.

  • Ana-Maria Pasescu Stewart

    The noose quite obviously overpowers the light/life aspect of the idea which is why people have reacted the way that they have….my intention was to leave it as it is ….I didn’t want to hide the reality and the symbol which is the noose and I don’t want to make it ceramic for instance use electroluminescent material…..I figured people are drawn to glamour….glamorising something which is seen as frightening makes things more acceptable….therefore I just wanted to keep it as real as possible….material wise…..

  • http://www.asdfghjkl.com asdfghjkl

    No:

    “The noose quite obviously overpowers the light/life aspect of the idea which is why people have reacted the way that they have….my intention was to leave it as it is ….I didn’t want to hide the reality”

    people reacted badly because it’s a very lazy design.
    That’s what all the comments above focus on.
    There is no controversy. Only cliche.

  • jonesy

    I am not sure about the noose design lighting and judging by the above comments some people find it offensive.
    Having watched Design for Life however, i was intrigued by your efforts and personality on the programme and i was especially impressed at how willing you were to fight for what you believed to be right .. especially as Monsieur Starck came across as such an overpowering personality.
    Good on you !!

  • Thoas

    clue in the spelling.. and gaugUin wasn’t an impressionist anyway – have you seen his work?

  • cormag

    as an individual active in theater i can say that design is not dead (well actually it is but only for pretentious snobs) and this gives me ideas for the light/set design for my next show…