Dragos Motica's Slash Lamp
is designed to be broken


A stone comes with this concrete lamp by Bucharest designer Dragos Motica so the user can smash the shade to reveal the reinforcing steel mesh (+ movie).

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

Designed for Romanian furniture brand UBIKUBI, the Slash Lamp comes in a cardboard poster tube with a cork cap that, when moved, reveals a small rock.

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

Unpacking further reveals the lamp itself, which Dragos Motica made from birch plywood, an LED bulb and a reinforced concrete shade encased in concrete.

The user has the choice to leave the lamp as they find it, or use the rock to smash away chunks of the concrete to expose the wire mesh and light bulb within.

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

"By breaking the lamp you are becoming the designer of a unique object," Motica told Dezeen.

"By leaving it unbroken, you choose the serialised object because you like it as it is. So you are taking a very subjective decision."

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

The lamp is suspended from the ceiling by a textured cord, attached to a carabiner and spool to enable its height to be adjusted.

"The materials are inspired by industrial facilities, construction sites, rope climbing, and spool for high voltage wires," said the designer. "My goal was to use very common and cheap materials. By doing so, I question the final product's value – its meaning to the user."

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

"Another reason for using concrete was the aesthetic of filtered light passing through broken reinforced concrete," he added.

The lampshade is produced by pouring concrete into a silicone mould and over the wire mesh. Once set, the concrete form is then air dried and polished smooth.

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

A cork core cut on a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine can be inserted into the concrete shape to protect the light bulb when the concrete is smashed.

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

The Slash Lamp was presented at Romanian Design Week 2014 in May.

Photography is by Bogdan Botofei.

  • Elliot Morgan

    My favourite feature of this is the spool to adjust the height – pretty neat.

  • Stophorous
  • Strom Architects

    Looks better out of the box!

  • Me

    I like it and it needs other versions – a collection of the concept.

  • Concerned Citizen

    There is deconstructionism, and then there is this.

  • Delbert Grady

    I’m late on this but is it decon? I thought that was more of an isolation of components and a return to each components defined nature. This is more of a signature for every customer piece. That said, I do kind of like it right out of the box too. Maybe one section only gets broken? Like a partially controlled break. A constrained break. Quantifiable destruction. I knew I’d find a rock band name in there somewhere.