When Art Meets Design: A Modern Lava Lamp

Merve Kahraman

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Interior Designer Merve Kahraman updates the idea of the classic 1970's lava lamp by reinterpreting the idea with melting wax that changes shape and form as the shade is constantly molded and reshaped by the heat of the bulb.

The artist asks us to ponder:

Objects that are open to interpretation and have the potential of developing in different ways acquire memories and emotional attachment over time. How can design promote this bond between objects and their users and thus prolong their relationship, allowing them to grow old together?

Merve explains:

The Revitalizer is a wax-lamp that re-creates itself over time, allowing its owner to re-use it and observe the growing-old, dying and rebirth cycle of the lamp. The high voltage bulb inside the lamp melts the wax slowly and after all the wax has melted into the cup, the heater placed below it remelts the wax to its original form. Once the wax cools down and takes its shape, the user can take it out and reuse it by replacing it on top of the lamp. The soft light that the revitalizer gives out and the various shapes it forms while it melts creates a feeling of surprise and relaxation.

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Available on request from Merve Kahraman.

(Images: Merve Kahraman)