The Designer Emulation Kit by Illinois native Mark McKenna, is a great gift for modern lamp lovers. These mini lights/sculptures run off 9-volt batteries and "are meant as the sincerest homage to some of the greatest modern designers of our time..."
The lamps and designers being "emulated" have a particular importance. They are represented in countless design tomes extolling the various movements, and they are held up as prime examples of "good design."
We revere these objects, but they are also a bane and a challenge. How can we ever measure up to the genius of Castiglioni, or the sheer concentrated emotion of Maurer? The truth is we can't. We have to find our own voices, our own vision.
Our DEK's might not help us decide which way to go, but at least they let us laugh at ourselves along the way.
Available at Luminaire for $29.