Tel Aviv designer Nir Meiri has created a lamp with two circular diffusers that each look like a glowing full moon (+ slideshow).
Nir Meiri designed the 2 Moons lamp after a trip into the Israeli desert. "I took a trip to Machtesh Ramon, a very large crater in the desert in southern Israel," he told Dezeen. "It took two days and we slept in sleeping bags under the open sky."
"In the desert you can see the stars and the moon very clearly and it is really beautiful and inspiring," Meiri said. "You feel that you could just dive into the beautiful sky."
The floor version of the design features a flat circular base, a simple stand and two disk-shaped lights made from powder-coated iron and aluminium.
The table model – which only has one light source – features a heavy basalt stone base, chosen to provide texture to the finished piece. The LED lights are diffused by frosted Perspex and represent lunar faces.
Positioned one above the other on the thin stem, the disks both pivot so the light sources can be pointed in the desired directions.
"The moon has always been romantic and mysterious," said Meiri. "It changes all the time, in size and colour. You can sometimes see the craters on its face creating a soft glowing texture."
The iron base, pivots and lampshade rings are cut on a turning machine, as is the basalt stone base.
The lamp head is made from pressed aluminium, and the plastic cover is cut using Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology. The parts are then assembled by hand.
Each lampshade is adjustable and can be repositioned to face upwards or downwards by opening and closing a small clip, creating different configurations. The floor lamp measures 150 centimetres in height and the table lamp 40 centimetres.
"I hope that people will appreciate the silhouette, minimal clean lines and accuracy of the design," said Meiri.
Meiri has also designed a light with a shade made of seaweed, table lamps with metal shades that hang from thin stalks and lighting moulded from desert sand.
Photography is by Shay Ben Efraim.