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Illuminant by Kristín Birna Bjarnadóttir

Icelandic designer Kristín Birna Bjarnadóttir has created a lamp made of reflective material, normally used for safety clothing. 


The translucent, reflective shade is suspended from fishing line above an LED light source, which is placed on the floor beneath. Fine ribbons of the same reflective fabric hang from the shade.


Coloured disks placed on top of the LED unit alter the colour of light reflected and distributed by the shade.


The lights were on show at DesignMarch in Reykjavik, Iceland, last week.

Here's some more information from the designer:


The lamp ILLUMINANT is based on the idea that “what goes around comes around”.


Illuminant is my final assignment as a Product designer from Iceland Academy of the Arts, spring 2008. The idea of the lamp came to me in a course where we were supposed to make romantic lights.


When making experiments with the reflective material I thought a lot of the existence of people getting reflection of their own behavior. I believe that it's true: you reap as you sow.


The lampshade is made of reflective material and hangs from the ceiling on a fishline. The threads hanging from the shade are made from the same reflective material by cutting them into 2mm thick strips. A led bulb is placed in a cylinder on the floor and 4 colored glass plates are included (red, violet, blue and brown).


You choose the coloured glass you prefer and place it on top of the cylinder and the lampshade reflects your choice.


Illuminant makes a magical atmosphere when turned on, like in a fairy tale. The ceiling is decorated by the lamp with great refraction.