In Brief

A trippy lamp from self-taught designer Tom Dixon will make your head whirl with hallucinogenic skin

The Future of Light promises all kinds of unprecedented, and beautiful, computer and smartphone-controlled effects, but the possibilities of technological wizardry sometimes can’t match those of dazzling, and well-chosen, physical materials. A set of pendant lamps called MELT from Tom Dixon, which debuted at this year’s Milan Design Week, are a prime example of this; though crafted out of metallized blown glass, it appears to be undulating, moving, even melting, and offers dynamic effects at every level of lighting.

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