Marine Light
by Nir Meiri


Tel Aviv designer Nir Meiri used seaweed to create the shades of these lamps.

Marine Light by Nir Meiri

Nir Meiri made the lamps by draping fresh seaweed over a structure of thin metal spokes attached to a metal base. The final shape of each lampshade is formed as the seaweed dries and shrinks, before being set with a preservative.

Marine Light by Nir Meiri

Marine Light was presented at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan last month. Other lamps on show included a light with coloured LEDs in red, green and blue to cast shadows in cyan, magenta and yellow and a folding lamp powered by little wind-up keys. See all our stories about Milan 2013 »

Marine Light by Nir Meiri

This isn't the first time a lamp has been crafted from seaweed. London-based designer Julia Lohmann previously used dried strips of seaweed to make laser-cut kelp lampshades.

Marine Light by Nir Meiri

Other lamps we've featured by Nir Meiri include a set of table lamps with metal shades hanging from thin stalks and a collection of tactile moulded lights made from desert sand.

Marine Light by Nir Meiri

Photography is by Shay Ben Efrayim and Aviram Ohad.

Marine Light by Nir Meiri

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Marine Light by Nir Meiri

Here's some more information from the designer:

Marine Light

This project is inspired by the sea.

Through the unconventional use of seaweed as a main material for a domestic environment, the product plays on the tension between the artistic and the commercial.

Ancient cultures have appreciated and utilized seaweeds for different uses. Today, seaweeds are cultivated and harvested on a commercial scale, as a result of a growing interest driven by environmental concerns.

The Marine Light lamp combines a metal base and a structure of thin metal strings for the lamp-shade. The seaweeds are applied on the metal strings while still fresh. As they dry, they shrink and obtain the form of the lamp-shade. A mixture of preserving material is applied to preserve them.

The light reflected through the seaweeds and the morphology of the lamp induce underwater images Furthermore, the use of seaweeds, borrowed from other disciplines into the world of design, might inspire new thinking in the field.

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  • Kelly Berman

    A South African studio called Oeds makes lights and decor pieces out of seaweed too, and has found a way to ‘leatherise’ seaweedöeds-st

  • blah

    Great that it’s environmentally friendly, but why is it so pointedly ugly?

    • lookin good

      I think it’s a matter of taste, no?

      • blah

        No, it’s fairly hideous.

  • MightyB

    "I'm Old Gregg"

  • Gary

    Another pointless product made from an ‘interesting’ material in order to gain attention. But with no thought of the products use or aesthetics.