Nebula 12
by Micasa LAB


This weather-forecasting lamp creates an indoor cloud to warn of grey skies outside (+ movie).

Nebula 12 by Micasa LAB

The Nebula 12 by Swiss design studio Micasa LAB combines liquid nitrogen and hot water to create a billowing cloud of steam, which is kept in circulation around the lamp by vacuum suction.

Nebula 12 by Micasa LAB

The form the cloud takes and the colour of the lamp depend on the weather forecast for the next 48 hours.

Nebula 12 by Micasa LAB

A grey cloud appears on an overcast day, while a patch of low pressure is signalled by a red light seeping through the cloud. On sunny days the cloud disappears, leaving a warm yellow light, and at sunset the light turns warm orange.

Nebula 12 by Micasa LAB

The weather forecast is sent to the lamp via a WiFi connection with a Nokia Lumia 920 mobile phone –the only phone the lamp works with so far.

Nebula 12 by Micasa LAB

Micasa LAB is the design studio attached to Micasa, a German furniture and interiors brand.

Above: movie by Micasa LAB showing the Nebula 12 in operation

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Here's some more information from the designers:

The Nebula 12 is a concept developed by Micasa LAB, Zürich. Using meterological data from MetOff, the Nebula forms to represent outside weather: wake up to a flooding yellow light on a sunny day, or below a real cloud on that overcast winter morning. The cloud involves some peculiar techniques, liquid nitrogen, WiFi, and high power vacuum suction.

In the standard mode, Nebula 12 predicts the weather for the next 48 hours. A threatening low-pressure area is announced by a red cloud, and sunshine is shown in yellow. At the same time, the user can adjust the settings and define the source of information themselves. And the best is: regardless of how dark the cloud is, Nebula 12 never brings rain. At least, not within one's own four walls.

The light but stable creation can be used in many ways: Nebula 12 can, like a natural cloud, change in colour and brightness and thus can be used as a variable source of light for romantic evening meals, when doing homework, when reading or just chatting.

The cloud is easily connected by WIFI to your Nokia Lumia 920.

  • −196°C?

    −196 °C is the temperature at which liquid nitrogen boils and becomes gaseous.
    Once it becomes gaseous and evaporates, it’s gone. How many times do you have to fill the container? Leave Photoshop alone, read a book, this is stupid.

  • Pedro

    −196 °C is the temperature at which liquid nitrogen boils and becomes gaseous. Once it becomes gaseous and evaporates, it’s gone. How many times do you have to fill the container? Leave Photoshop alone and read a book. This is stupid.

    But come on, its obvious isn’t it? Everyone can keep LN on tap! Just keep your cryo-kit on standby! Hahaha. Also an immediate fire alarm activator – just imagine how those fire crews will feel!

  • pedro

    Also, why the hot water? It would work much safer with cool water – less chance of violent evaporation!

  • Aren’t homes intended to protect us from weather conditions?

  • Got shovels ?

    Next up: an indoor shovel for when it makes snow.

  • Nick

    It’s a concept.



  • Or you could just, you know, open the windows and find out how the weather looks. Shocking, I know.

  • a.e.

    Guest walks into my home and says: “What on earth is going on here?”

    Me: “Oh! That just means it’s overcast now.”

    Guest: “I’m not talking about the weather… what the hell is up with your lamp?”

  • anon

    I’m a bit surprised that people keep falling for these jokes from “Micasa Labs”. They also have the over-exposed iPad rocker and the clear bubble-living-thing that also makes no sense whatsoever. It’s fine if these are presented as some sort of nonsensical art project through the lens of a fake design firm, but I’m surprised to see sites like Dezeen continuing to present them seriously.