Soft Light by
Simon Frambach

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This squishy light by German product designer Simon Frambach can be used as a warm, glowing pillow.

Soft Light by Simon Frambach

Simon Frambach's balloon-shaped Soft Lamp gives off a soft light and slight warmth, creating an illuminated cushion.

Soft Light by Simon Frambach

As well as providing a headrest, the lamp can be squeezed into gaps or trapped between objects where needed. It's made from foamed polyurethane and shaped using rotation milling.

Soft Light by Simon Frambach

The low-energy bulb within is protected by a cage so it doesn't smash when the lamp is squashed. A red cord leads out the back to a power source.

Soft Light by Simon Frambach

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Soft Light

A soft and flexible occasional light that interacts with its surroundings in a unique way by Simon Frambach.

Soft Light by Simon Frambach

Soft Light is a soft and flexible light made of foamed polyurethane. Its curvy fluent shape that resembles a calabash pumpkin provokes an organic and familiar appearance for a thoroughly synthetic and industrialised material.

Soft Light can be placed in unused spaces like cavities in furniture and other places as an object that fills a void in one's living environment. Its warm and tangible surface invites to touching and literally feeling light. The result is a light which is extremely flexible in use without having a technical characteristic.

Soft Light by Simon Frambach

The light shade has been crafted from a massive block of polyurethane foam on a simple self-constructed device for rotational milling. The device allows for a precise production of a desired shape. An energy saving light bulb, protected by a cage, illuminates the porous foam from the inside.

  • Taylor

    Warm pillow? I usually turn mine over for the cool side.

  • Lightbulb

    I had not realised that anyone would want to have such a device to sleep on. Sleeping on a warm lightbulb – how comfortable can it be? Being a soft light is enough, just let it be – no “function” necessary, no?

  • Martin

    I really wouldn’t want to put my head on anything with electricity running through it. Just feels icky.

  • Vicki

    Depends how ‘soft’ the light is as well. Doesn’t sleep usually work best in darkness?

  • http://www.knospe.co Alexandra

    Alexandra: I would totally use this as a ready lamp. Fabulous!

  • Jessica lee

    My son would love this as he’s at the age where he is scared of the dark. For him to have a light that he could cuddle into would be good. I would be worried about it being plugged in though.

  • urban green

    Why would anyone want a glowing prophylactic for a light source?

  • k_r

    This could be useful as an alarm clock whose light turns on at the desired time. Otherwise, i’m not that into it.

  • Joe

    I agree with Vicki, why would you want a pillow to be bright? It would be like taking a nap on the sun.

  • beatrice

    This was made a long time ago, and I cannot help but mention that the images are very similar. It’s a very famous product: http://www.pixelsumo.com/post/superpatata

    A case of cryptonesia possibly? Also, how was it moulded? The text says it was carved out of a block of polyurethane, but that wouldn’t make sense as it would be so wasteful. Is it not rotation moulded? Or injection? Are these renders or real? Sorry.

    • Havanna

      True, looks exactly like SuperPatata by Hector Serrano made in 2000.

  • Sander

    First two things that come in mind: Material wise it makes me think of the Muuto unfold lamps, but a bit more ‘concept’ so a little less usable. The form makes me think of Pieke Bergmans light bulbs, which is very cool work as well. Chicken or the egg, difficult to say who came first :)

  • aye aye

    WOW! It’s like Hector Serrano’s “superpatata” lamp never happened (like 10 years ago).

  • fawnster

    While the concept is nearly identical to “Superpatata” mentioned earlier, I think some credit is due for studying a new material and the development of a technique to realise this piece. This one isn’t filled with anything, it’s relying on the material itself to be squishy.

    • aye aye

      Fair point, but why would you design it to look so similar? What about exploring other shapes?