Not all DIY projects have to be knock-offs of expensive, un-affordable "wish list" tech. Sometimes, you can rig a few pieces together to make a brand new design that's uniquely you. Like these "desk lamps" that were cooked up from Milan Design Week's "object recipes."
As part of Milan Design Week 2010, design group 5.5 Designers will be unveiling a show called Cuisine d'Objets, a show full of "delicious object recipes to cook at home." Think of it as the MacGyver industrial design showcase: Instead of unveiling a new product, the exhibit will display sets of instructions for making new objects out of old ones. Recycling at its finest!
These desk lamps were created using the recipe above: One "vessel" filled with sand and stuck with a rod can be the base and neck of an endlessly customizable desk lamp after you add a clip-on light bulb fitting. We dig the spontaneous feel of this project!
OK, so essentially we're telling you that it's cool to DIY from scratch without copying a design; but at the same time, we're showing you a design we think you should copy.
No, it doesn't make sense. But this idea is cool and—who knows—it might inspire your own crazy do-it-yourself project. If you do, let us know!