Copper Lamp 10kg by Tobias Sieber
and Samuel Treindl


Copper Lamp 10kg by Tobias Sieber and Samuel Treindl

This lamp by German designers Tobias Sieber and Samuel Treindl is cast from 10kg of copper, so its value will increase with metal prices.

Copper Lamp 10kg by Tobias Sieber and Samuel Treindl

The Copper Lamp 10kg represents a way for people to invest in metal and have a useful object in the meantime, rather than just storing material that takes up space.

Copper Lamp 10kg by Tobias Sieber and Samuel Treindl

The arm of the desk lamp wraps around the stem of the weight, carrying a blue cable inside.

Copper Lamp 10kg by Tobias Sieber and Samuel Treindl

British product design graduate Oscar Medley-Whitfield presented a similar concept at New Designers in London last month with his Copper Bullion Bowls - more information in our earlier story.

Copper Lamp 10kg by Tobias Sieber and Samuel Treindl

The design was first shown at DMY Berlin in June this year - see all our stories from the event here.

Here are some more details from the designers:

Copper lamp 10kg

The copper lamp is a speculative object of investment.

Over time, its value will increase proportionally to the price of copper. The lamp not only represents a safe investment for its owner, it also fulfills the function of being an object of every day use.

The collection of a well-tried material in combination with an economic thinking results in a unique product concept. Where does the added value of a design object come from and is the client ready to invest?

  • james

    Really, really silly. We are running out of resources such as copper for a reason. This is one of the first designs that's actually made me angry, plus it's irretrievably ugly.

    • xtiaan

      hey james I dont know if youve noticed but we are running out of everything, oil, water, air. Why be so pissed about copper in particular? I think its a nice design and no more irresponsible environmentally than your average dezeen post, and hey at least it can be recycled….

      • spacton

        As far as the design goes why wouldn't you just buy a 10kg block of copper and use it as a doorstop. It would probably cost ALOT less and be more useful.

        • xtiaan

          well a solid block of copper isnt really going to make a good reading like this lamp is it? its not going to have a handle built in, its not going to be nicely oxidised on some surfaces and beautifully polsihed on others etc etc and if cost is your major consideration why are you even bothering with reading a design site?, 99.9% of the things featured here are crazily expensive.
          THINK first, THEN type.

  • Foci

    Such a fun and beautiful piece. It will probably last forever.

  • Adarsha

    I beg to differ on this. I think it is a great idea. @ james,, Do feel the same, every time u start ur car and burn fuel, buy a wodden furniture or write on a piece of paper. The list is long.

    • spacton

      Lets face it the world needed another desk lamp like this ……… it has really revolutionised the way we look at lighting a desk……. what a joke…..
      As far as using timber, it is a renewable resource and is therefore in a different category to burning fuel. The best out come for this lamp would be for people in the future to recognise there is less value in the design than there is in melting it down to make some thing useful.

  • karl

    I disagree with james. I really don't think that some 10 kilos of copper will add to the copper shortage, there is more copper on your rain gutter. What I reallyy appreciate is the fact that many aspects of metal are shown in this work: te weight, the traces of moulding, the luxurious quality of copper inside the lamp shade. I really like it.

  • People, it's all about the idea, right? To me, it feels like an anti-statement: Get what you can grab now that you still can! I think this piece is very close to art. And besides that: I'm greedy enough to admit i wouldn't mind having a 10 kg copper lamp in my living room.

  • did i see an incandescent light bulb in there? :-)

  • I do think that as designers we have a responsibility to find soloutions to products that are wasteful and and use too much of certain resources, but i do agree with most of the other comments as there are more important things to worry about first, but this piece can clearly be recycled if things got that bad, and at the end of the day it is a good looking piece of design along with being a good investment for the future.

  • james

    My point is, there is enough material in here to make at least 5 lamps if designed efficiently. If every designer adopted this approach to design we would be in an even bigger dilemma regarding unsustainable resources. Yes, we are running out of everything, that's because people think it's cool to own a 10kg lamp. Great. For me, good design is lean design, it's just my opinion. This project is purely art, and as a piece of art it's ok, I have seen better.

  • I thought it was a stupid waste at 1st glance too, but it's not about wastage per-se, it ties the the value of the object with the materials used. it takes an investment in a material and makes it a tangible object. If I marketed a gold bar as a doorstop would you be angry at the seeming waste of solid gold, or would you see it for what it is?. this investment in copper serves a dual functionality so you could consider it less of a waste than the ordinary gold bar…

    • spacton

      If it's about an investment in material you would be better off buying a block of gold or in this case copper without the light bulb attached. The initial outlay would be far less therefore the return far more and you could still have functionality. Maybe these guys should produce a whole product range based on using as much resource as possible. I am thinking a 100kg block of copper and putting a cushion on it, calling it a stool with high investment return…. mmmm the future.

  • That heavy lamp is gonna come real handy when the Zombie Apocalypse starts. Wise investment indeed! :)

  • Edward

    I believe it's one of the most beautiful task lamps, I have seen. The simplicity of the connection between the arm and base is just a stroke of genius.
    The computers that maintain these posts and Internet traffic generate more greenhouse than the 10kg of copper.