Sometimes simplicity can be more beautiful than even the most elaborated design. Although we have gotten used to seeing all kinds and shapes of lamp, twisting in spirals or shinning in various colors, Tasmania-based furniture designer Duncan Meerding decided, for him, nature was the perfect muse. He creates stunning lamps out of cracked logs that spread a warm, soft light.
Duncan Meerding is legally blind. He retains only 5% of his sight in in his peripheries. His designs, alongside with the ways in which he uses light help him communicate how he sees the world. “Many of my designs reflect my interest in light and its dispersion, represented by my simplistic forms and different lighting designs,” he explained. “Being legally blind, this vision of light emanating from the peripheries and the highly tactile nature of my work reflect the alternative sensory world within which I design.”
Despite being unable to see, at design school the artist learned how to adapt. He uses touch to feel the grain of the wood and listens carefully to hear if the chisels stop cutting properly. Another tool he frequently uses is a speaking tape measure. The majority of his pieces are made from sustainable materials. As such, the cracked log lamps bring joy to those who see them, while at the same time preserving the wilderness he loves.
“My work should not merely be seen as something that looks nice, it should remind us of our intrinsic connection with nature and the effect that we have upon it. By turning them into a vessel for light, we can bring the outside in,” Duncan Meerding added on his website. The logs are filled with LED lights. They can also act as table or stool. The lamps are water resistant and cost $600. Would you like to buy some for yourself?
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