Not Useless Packaging: The Sticky Lamp

Not Useless Packaging: The Sticky Lamp

Taryn Williford
Dec 4, 2008

Are we seeing a new trend here of lamps whose packaging becomes part of the lamp itself? The cleverly-named Packaging Lamp was number one, and now we have the "Sticky Lamp" by designer Chris Kabel. With its "1UP," or 100%-Useful-Packaging (we've never heard that before!) in full effect, its shade is also its in-store container.

The sticky lamp is basically a lightbulb in a socket contained in a plastic case with an adhesive ring around it's edge. The socket is connected to an extended power cord with a power switch.

Chris Kabel describes it this way:

This design brings a new function to packaging. The plastic which would normally be discarded has become the casing. The self-adhesive fixing offers endless possibilities. You can stick it wherever you want, on the ceiling, the door, wall or floor.

We personally like the aesthetic, but we could see how this could look stale and lifeless for many people. What do you think?

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