Impact Lamp by Guillaume Blaichet & Pierre Mourey
by Harry / September 24, 2012
Guillaume Blaichet and Pierre Mourey want the users of their Impact Lamp to share the feeling of surprise and wonder of shattering a glass cullet drip in a glass container.

The bulbous Impact lamp is made of blown glass and comes with all its parts assembled except one. The last part is created by the user by taking the cullet, waste glass used in glassmaking, and shattering it into shards to cover the electric components at the bottom of the sphere.

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Blaichet & Mourey explain, "The project comes from the observation of an experimentation. The latter referred to the explosion of a glass cullet drip* in a glass container. Our project aims at sharing the feeling of surprise or even wonder we could have during this event, with the user."


"Thus, we propose a lamp which asserts itself as the medium of this purely descriptive and irreversible situation, as well as the long-lasting witness of the user's experiment. Morever, by generating the experimentation, the user also completes the aesthetic quality of the object. In fact, when the object has been bought, the whole electric system of the lamp is visible, showing a connotation of a non-finished product."


"By the explosion generated by the user, the glass cullet drip turns itself into crystalware which, by gravity, will settle in the bottom of the sphere. Thus, all the electric componants will be recovered by this «glass dust»."


"*Cullet is a word meaning the molten piece of glass which remains at the end of the blowpipe and which is quenched in cold water. Thus, a thermal shock is exerted between the heat of the quenched end of the blowpipe and the water in which it is plunged, generating an instability of the molecules of the quenched glass."

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