Lamps can be shaped in all ways and sizes. We have table lamps and tall lamps. We have them designed in futuristic ways or keeping close to a vintage look. There is no shortage of imagination when it comes to these objects. However, a Japanese designer takes creativity a step further than anything done before. Yukiko Morita came up with Pampshades, lamps that are shaped like luminous loaves.
At a first glance you wouldn’t think that these loaves are truly made of flour, salt and yeast. Not only that, but they are also covered in resin for extra durability and filled with LEDs. Yukiko Morita explained that this idea goes back to her teenage years when she was working at a small bakery. She developed a passion for bread and yeast. This being said, the designer decided she wanted to be able to look at bread whenever the fancy struck her. Thus, she came up with the idea of Pampshades. “I love bread. Bread is cute,” she said. “I want to display it in my room and stare at it.”
Morita enrolled at the Kyoto University of Arts and after graduating in 2008 focused on seeing her dream become reality. When asked about the creation process of the Pampshades, the designer kept some secrets close, but revealed that she needed “Bread flour, salt, yeast, LED, and batteries.”
The first prototype dates back to 2007, although the first launched product appeared in 2010. The smaller Pampshades – petits boule, coupe, shampignon and croissant – are illuminated by a battery-powered LED lamp inside. This way they require no outlet and no plugging in. You can place them wherever fancy strikes you and enjoy their warm glow coupled with the amazing smell of bread. The larger ones – baguettes, batards and boules – need to be plugged in a wall socket in order to work.
Would you like to have Pampshades in your home?