We spotted these sconces over at Design Therapy last night and had to share. Created by Philippe Starck for his new new hotel venture Mama Shelter, located outside Paris, the sconces are really made of just a two easily acquired items; a hanging task light, and a Halloween mask.
We've found Starck's recent work too be a little self-referential for it's own good, but we think these are pretty great, especially considering how easy they would be to construct at home...
Utilizing a few simple and readily available pieces, these could be made in minutes. Mounted directly to the wall using a basic hook, the mask could be affixed to the work light using almost anything (we're thinking zip-ties), and is kept fire-safe clear of the bulb by the protective cage.
It's likely these work due mostly to the minimal environment they've been placed it. As the only real source of character and play, they stand out and bring the room to life, and placed in a busier room, we doubt they would be quite so striking. Still, we love their wit, and given the right context, these could work wonderfully.