Dezeen Platform:
Manuel Netto

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Dezeen Platform: today at Dezeen Platform, Portuguese designer Manuel Netto presents a lamp that can only be turned on by moving the bulb.

Today at Dezeen Platform: Manuel Netto

Electrical current is only passed through the bulb when it's attached to specific docking points along the structure's branching arms.

Today at Dezeen Platform: Manuel Netto

To turn the lamp on, users take the bulb out of its holder and touch it to the appropriate contact point.

Today at Dezeen Platform: Manuel Netto

Each day, for 30 days, a different designer will use a one metre by one metre space to exhibit their work at Dezeen Space.

Today at Dezeen Platform: Manuel Netto

See the full lineup for Dezeen Platform here and see all our stories about the work on show here.

Today at Dezeen Platform: Manuel Netto

More about Dezeen Space here.

Today at Dezeen Platform: Manuel Netto

All photographs by Francisco Bahia Nogueira

Today at Dezeen Platform: Manuel Netto

Dezeen Space
17 September - 16 October
Monday-Saturday 11am-7pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

54 Rivington Street,
London EC2A 3QN

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    I'm confused: do the 'specific docking points' change according to some function or pattern? Do you have to guess each time you want to turn the lamp on?

    Kind of impractical if you ask me —the perfect Xmas gift for your in-laws >:)

  • D for designer

    I also am confused. What is the difference between unplugging the light versus unplugging it from the wall?

    At first I thought it could be to force a user to actively turn on a light beyond "flipping a switch" but the same theory goes with having to plug it in…

  • D for designer

    I too am confused. What is the difference between unplugging the light versus unplugging it from the wall?

  • André

    The bulb is half reflected down the middle and the light can only be tuned on at a certain position, giving a specific quality of light for a different needs. For example when the bulb is in the lower branch it suggests it is used for reading.

  • Michael

    If I got it right it is quite simple. The docking points are always the same three and you just plug on the one you want. Depending on which kind of light you are looking for.

    • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

      Thanks, Michael. Your explanation makes a lot more sense :)

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    OK, I get it now :)

    Still, I'm kind of concerned about burning hazards from handling a hot light bulb. And yes, I can see the 'handle' has been expressly designed to be long enough. But still, humans are often clumsy and careless.

  • David

    I have to wonder if the vacant docking points are always "hot", since you don't ever truly turn off the lamp. "Electrical current is only passed through the bulb when it’s attached to specific docking points", but from what I can tell it's always passing through the vacant sockets. That seems rather risky for a household with children. Especially that horizontal socket that's about eye level with an inquisitive kid whose had their fingers in their mouth. Just an observation.

    • Manel

      Hello David,
      The sockets are only hot whenever the plug on the handle is connected. The sockets used are already in production and are also used in other domestic appliances. The is no risk of any child for how small his hand could e to touch it with his fingers. Or tongue….

      Thank you.

  • Jon Grant

    I like it. I can see that if positioned correctly in a bedroom for example, you can have a desk light, floor light, and maybe even a bunk-bed high style light for reading in bed! All with one bulb, nice.