Bite Me edible desk lamp
by Victor Vetterlein


Product news: American designer Victor Vetterlein has made an edible desk lamp.

Bite Me edible desk lamp by Victor Vetterlein

Called Bite Me, Victor Vetterlein's lamp is made of biodegradable plastic derived from vegetable glycerin and agar, a gelatin made from sea algae.

Bite Me edible desk lamp by Victor Vetterlein

The LED light-source is attached to a clear plastic adhesive strip, with electricity conducted to the top by laser-cut metal lines that spell out the name of the product and its ingredients.

Bite Me edible desk lamp by Victor Vetterlein

"When the lamp is no longer useful or desired, the lighting strip is removed and the lamp may be eaten or thrown into the garden as compost," explains Vetterlein, adding that the project was inspired by the book Green Plastics - an Introduction to the New Science of Biodegradable Plastics by E.S. Stevens, a professor of chemistry at the State University of New York.

Bite Me edible desk lamp by Victor Vetterlein

To prepare it for consumption, the lamp must be cleaned and submerged in purified water for an hour to soften up. "The consistency after soaking the lamp in water for an hour is like wet Gummy Bears," says Vetterlein.

Bite Me edible desk lamp by Victor Vetterlein

It comes in four natural flavours: orange, cherry, blueberry and apple. "Agar is low in sodium and very low in saturated fat as well as cholesterol," he adds. "It is also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, zinc and copper, and a very good source of folic acid, calcium, iron, manganese, potassium and magnesium."

Bite Me edible desk lamp by Victor Vetterlein

The lamp is sold with two electric cords, one that connects to the low voltage power converter and another that plugs into a computer.

Bite Me edible desk lamp by Victor Vetterlein

Above: inspiration and ingredients

Vetterlein's product has the playful look of boiled sweets, but we recently reported on a task light for Wästberg that tries to give bioplastics the solidity and tactility normally associated with metal or wood.

Other lighting by Vetterlein on Dezeen includes a desk lamp resembling bent blades of grass and another made of egg boxes. See all our stories about design by Victor Vetterlein.

  • Designed by Willy Wonka.

  • Alessio

    “FINALLY! What we’ve all been waiting for – a lamp I can eat!” – words said by nobody, ever.

    • kolobok

      Except for Homer Simpson.

    • blah

      I think the point you are completely missing is they are making it non toxic and biodregradeable so when you toss out your latest bit of designery shite it doesnt sit in a landfill for the next three thousand years, imagine a world where conventional plastics were replaced with this, that world would be a better place.

  • Romain

    Designers can be trolls now? It seems that some creatives are really jumping through hoops and vying for attention in the current irony-tinted product culture. I wonder if heat and humidity affect the lamp…

    Maybe the lamp can act as a High Tech fly catcher, the light would then be a nice bonus.

    “Wet Gummy Bears” also has a “kinder-gartener’s secret pocket-food” ring to it.

  • Amy


    • blah

      Why not? With the amount of used plastic the 1st world ships to the 3rd it would be great if it could biodegrade/be eaten “let them eat wet gummy bears”. Think of it as a sketch of an idea of a possible way foward that’s better than what we are doing now rather than “omg an edible lamp how dumb”.

      • blah2

        Yeah. Because growing and refining sugar to make into breakable injection-molded goods is sooooooo environmentally and socially responsible.

        • blah

          Well, it’s a million times less damaging to the environment than making it from oil-derived plastic or metal from open cast mines for a start. Your lack of foresight and imagination is astounding. You do realise sugar is over-produced and is stockpiled don’t you?

  • The edible property simply brings attention to the far more important biodegradable property. I doubt many people would want to eat their lamps. I mean, then you wouldn’t have a lamp!

  • Novalinnhe Rowa

    It does seem a bit useless. And “blah” – if designers created products which were less “designery ****e” and more “built for a lifetime”, then we wouldn’t have problems with things being thrown away at all.

    There just needs to be a refocus back to the idea that your lamp, or chair, or building, will be used by generations and generations of people to come – not just the first five people to walk in and give it a “thumbs up”.

    So yes – this is a fun little concept, but I highly doubt anybody is seriously going to go out of their way to soak their old lamp for an hour. People can’t even be bothered to rinse out their glass jars once they’re finished with them! The age of convenience will be our final era, imho.

    • blah

      Of course it would be nice if things were made to last, but the reality is they aren’t and this is an elegant solution to that very problem. Of course people won’t eat their old products, but it would be great if they could be harmlessley tossed into the garden.