Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

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Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

Qubique 2011: Tel Aviv designer Nir Meiri uses desert sand to create these tactile moulded lights. 

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

The shades are made by pouring sand into a glue-covered mould, creating a thin, rigid layer when the glue has set.

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

When the LED light source is turned on the grainy pattern is illuminated, casting a warm light and highlighting the raw nature of the material.

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

The form of the shade was designed to resemble primitive desert structures.

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

The lights can be produced in different configurations including floor-standing and tabletop versions.

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

Photography is by Shay ben efrayim.

Here is some more information from the designer:


This project is inspired by sand.

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

The shape of the sand-molded lamp shades brings to mind primitive dessert structures, while the fixture’s overall figure resembles that of plants that blossom in the Mediterranean seashore.

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

The use of sand as the main material plays on the tension between its wild nature – that of sand storms and vast desserts– and the delicacy of the molded end design.

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

Despite their apparent fragility, the bulbs are sturdy, and their strength partners with that of the fixture’s metal pole.

Desert Storm by Nir Meiri

Once the LED lamp is lit, it spreads a soft light, which accentuates the amorphous shapes still present on lamp shade’s surface, reminding us of the sand’s original untamed nature.

  • http://www.melonwall.com Jabradley

    I think these are so lovely, they look so fragile but give off a really nice relaxing light. Plus I think its a great idea using desert sand, a resource we have so much of. Could imagine these hanging in the street.

  • http://tobern.com tuvia

    I love how the material changes when off or on, it's quite the transformation.

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

    I'm not too crazy about the shape, but this is a great idea with a lot of potential :)

  • kms

    these are beautiful! Sadly they are probably too fragile for market use, but I might have to make some of my own :D