Lamp Design Concept Lets Users Add Their Own Personal Touch

Design & Architecture

Bucharest-based Dragos Motica crafts illuminating idea that can be customized through strategic demolition

Leah Gonzalez
  • 13 august 2014

Most of the “customizable” products we encounter let people make or add things to create a personalized version of the item. For a change, the “/” Lamp by Bucharest-based architect/designer Dragos Motica lets people do a bit of “destruction” to create their own customized piece.

The “/” Lamp is a concept lamp design that Dragos Motica created for Romanian furniture brand Ubikubi. In his description of the lamp on his website, Motica posed the questions:

When is an object designed? When is an object precious, particular? What is broken and what is new? What means the result of a mechanical intervention (more or less violent) on an object? What is a vulgarized object?

The unique lamp concept lets owners add their own touches of personal style to the lamp by breaking or chipping the concrete cylinder and create their own unique patterns on the lamp.


The “/” Lamp, whose design is inspired by construction sites and industrial facilities, uses an LED and is made with reinforced wiring, concrete, cork, birch plywood, and colored textile cord. The lamp has a cylindrical shape and is suspended with the textile rope. It comes with a piece of rock that owners can use to break or chip holes in sections of the lamp to expose the wire mesh foundation.

The lamp provides direct lighting from overhead and owners can either keep the lamp as is, or interact with it and customize it to create a different type of lighting effect with a destructively appealing aesthetic. The more holes the owner creates on the lamp, the more light is exposed to create the brightness that the owner is going for.


As Motica writes on his website,

“/” Lamp is an object that gives the user the chance of choice. A subjective and personal choice. It is an object at the middle of two opposite states. The process of intervention or non-intervention places the object inside one of them.

The concrete cylindrical lamp has a height of 18 cm and a depth of 11 cm. The lamp also comes in various color finishes.


Dragos Motica

Source: Design Milk


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