We can tell you how to install a dimmer switch on a table lamp, but we have to admit that we had our own set of functionality-related questions after seeing this simple Heng Balance Lamp in action. According to Wired, designer Li Zan Wen basically constructed the lamp from wood and magnets, but the stars of its pared-down design—two abacus-like balls that appear to be suspended in mid-air—work together as a unique power switch that proves that sometimes, less truly is more.
The Heng lamp doesn't boast a bunch of fancy-schmancy technical features, but that doesn't make it any less modern or enticing. Embedded lights within the wood panels illuminate when the user pulls the bottom ball from the base of the lamp towards the top ball. Magnets inside each wooden circle steady them, which then activates the light. Conversely, moving the balls away from one another acts as the lamp's off function.
Priced at $44 on Kickstarter, the Heng Balance Lamp comes in ellipse, round and square shapes. All shape options are available in a dark wood coating, while the ellipse-shaped lamps also come in black, red and white. Not only is it a stylish lamp under $100, but its non-traditional switch design is guaranteed to create ambiance and attract attention from any stumped visitors in your home or office who can't quite figure out how to work it.
Wen's creation is ideal for the person who appreciates innovative light design that's artfully combines interactivity, elegant simplicity and smartness.