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Perhaps you've seen this literally floating around the web: Richard Clarkson, a masters candidate at the School of Visual Arts in New York, has created a new cloud pendant design that lights up from within with streaks of LED lightning (see it in action at the images link at the bottom of this post).
It's a compelling design for sky watchers, but Clarkson actual goal was to create something that could "control, read, and interact with the physical world." In that regard, his thunderstorm lamp increases in intensity as a person approaches and triggers the sound of thunder from a linked sub-woofer.
While a thunderstorm may not be ideal for the dining table, Clarkson's design illustrates a growing focus on interactivity in domestic product design. Because this was a student research/creative project, Euro Style Lighting is not carrying the cloud lamp...yet.
White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier
In the meantime, you can enjoy an abstracted version of the design with one of our favorites, the Cloud Pendant from Possini Euro Design. It won't rumble and shake your floorboards, and it promises not to rain on your table. And it even ships for free.
Images: Fast Company
Brent Turner is an architecture, design and art writer who adores elegantly simple distillations of complex design problems. You'll often catch him waxing poetic about how such creative problem solving is not only the essence of a successful art and design practice, but of science, engineering, and well, life in general. A California native, Brent was educated at U.C. San Diego where he was first exposed to clumsy yet endearingly avant-garde institutional art and architecture. In the years since, he has expanded his interest base to include all types of interior, graphic and industrial design. His best personal designs are made with Legos, and it's for this reason that Brent confines his own public creative work to wordsmithing. When he isn't writing, he hosts an art and design podcast called Beer & Tall Buildings.
Brent lives in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles with his cat Buster. If you can't reach him by phone or email, he's most likely on a mountaintop somewhere and promises to call you back as soon as he descends.
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