Glowbelly Steamboat by Tan Lun Cheak

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Glowbelly Steamboat by Tan Lun Cheak

Singaporean designer Tan Lun Cheak of Little Thoughts Group has created a glass table lamp that can be used to cook food.

Glowbelly Steamboat by Tan Lun Cheak

Called Glowbelly Steamboat, the components of the lamp can be reconfigured to form a hot pot or steamboat, where food is cooked at the table by dipping it into a simmering pot of stock.

Glowbelly Steamboat by Tan Lun Cheak

Made from pyroceramic glass, the product can be placed directly over a small portable stove on the table.

Glowbelly Steamboat by Tan Lun Cheak

The project is on show as part of an exhibition entitled Imprints: Designing for Memories at the National Museum of Singapore.

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Here's a further explanation from the designer:


Glowbelly Steamboat- Design by Tan Lun Cheak for World Kitchen
Part of the’ Imprints: Designing from Memories’ held at the National Museum of Singapore by the Little Thoughts Group.

Once a year on Chinese New Year, the steamboat will take center stage at the dining table during our family reunion dinner. Without fail, the steamboat is always surrounded by family, good food, laughter and love.

It is around the steamboat that I learnt about family values, respect and filial piety. The steamboat holds fond memories for me. And it has grown to represent everything that epitomizes the spirit of family bonding.

GlowBelly is a steamboat that when not used for cooking or dining, can be flipped around to function as a beautiful lamp; encouraging the joyful memories of past reunion dinners to continue to glow and is an ever-present reminder of the values and ingredients that go into making a happy family.

The design is to be made from pyro-ceramics, which is a special glass used for cookware. It is able to withstand extreme temperature changes, allowing it to be used in the freezer and directly onto the stove and in the oven. GlowBelly is currently being patented by World Kitchen.

The GlowBelly Steamboat design is dedicated to my Grandmother.


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  • Richard

    think of all the grease that would stick on the inside of the glass pot. The lamp would go opaque and might smell of beef stock.

  • voila

    ooooops: won't work with energy saving light bulbs

  • http://www.dedass.com Nik DED

    Grandma would be proud.

  • Hkeh

    Why would I wanna cook (of all things) with my "designer lamp"…??

  • http://www.adelexchong.wordpress.com adelexchong

    I think most people would be into the novelty of what the lamp can do rather than actually putting it to use.

  • Romain

    Where cleaning is involved, I trust design savvy consumers own dish washers ( if not, stop spending money on frivolous lamps and buy a dish washer with the savings).

    Which begs the question "is the bulb naked while the whole lamp-shade / high-concept-cooking-pot is in the wash ?"

    I'd love to read the brief that lead to this little surrealist gem. (confrontation between the product shots and the nice family dinner got me smiling as well)

  • rxxxky

    it looks good, but the meaning behind is a bit… im a chinese . That hotpot is NOT any thing traditionally meaningful like it mentions, neither a tradition for chinese new year bro.