See Ephemeral Light Erode Over Time and Gradually Turn to Dust

See Ephemeral Light Erode Over Time and Gradually Turn to Dust
Design & Architecture

The sustainable sand light by Alien and Monkey disintegrates during its life cycle and eventually crumbles away

Vashti Hallissey
  • 18 july 2014

Barcelona-based design workshop Alien and Monkey has created a lamp that shrinks over time and ultimately disintegrates to sand dust. The sand light makes use of a sustainable material to create an evolving piece of artwork that will eventually disappear.

“Using traditional ceramics techniques, we have developed a new material using one of earth’s most abundant natural resources, sand, to create ephemeral lamps”, the Alien and Monkey website states.

Founded by Daishu Ma, a writer and illustrator, and Marc Nicolau, an industrial designer, Alien & Monkey specialise in sustainable design with a minimal aesthetic. Their latest creation uses standard techniques with an often overlooked material, to create a lamp design that is sustainable and ephemeral.

The sand light is made with natural materials and the way it transforms day by day, slowly changing in form, is in tune with nature. Like the petals of a flower, the sand light alters in shape and texture as it ages. As the lamp erodes, it develops different forms like a piece of sculpture that is constantly evolving.

Products that naturally disintegrate or biodegrade are becoming a popular way for designers to create zero impact creations. There are biodegradable stools that deteriorate back into the Earth, a building that decomposes over time and a battery that dissolves after three weeks in water.

The sand light is an inventive take on lamp design, as it uses an abundant material to create a beautiful and transitory object.

Alien and Monkey


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