diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011
diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011
jun 14, 2011

diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011

‘pothole lamp’ by diefabrik image courtesy of diefabrik

at this year’s DMY berlin, german design collective diefabrik presented their ‘schlaglochlampe’ or ‘pothole lamp.’ with casts of potholes as their shades, this trio of lamps preserves the shape and history of these typically overlooked forms. produced in small batches, the lamps are linked to the originating road marks by their names, which are the addresses where each pothole can be found.

the studio elaborates: ‘for centuries potholes have been an omnipresent part of our streets. they form constantly and are sealed again only to reappear a few meters away. potholes are the result of both weather conditions and traffic. they consume tons of money in repair costs each year and are an annoyance to everyone. but potholes are not only holes in the street, they are a by-product of a society, depicting the wear and tear of everyday life, which makes them an interesting foundation for a product.’

diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011 a pothole cast in progress in leipzig, germany image courtesy of diefabrik

selected potholes are filled with gypsum to create a mold. using the technique of thermoforming, the casts are then used to fabricate lamps with 100% biodegradable thermoplastics.

diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011 image courtesy of diefabrik

diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011 wildentensteig 2, 04249 leipzig image courtesy of diefabrik

diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011 image courtesy of diefabrik

diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011 on display at DMY berlin 2011 image © designboom

diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011 wigandstrasse 48, 04229 leipzig image © designboom

diefabrik: pothole lamp at DMY berlin 2011 image © designboom

  • Come to Krakow!
    You’ll have plenty of potholes to get inspired by…

    Tomasso says:
  • you can leave a comment, unless you praise the design!
    pffffffff..we don’t need this!

    Pklussen says:
  • What is the relationship of the inspiration to an indoor pendant fixture and why would you want a pothole hovering over your head?

    faf says:
  • i like that 😀

    ger man says:
  • .

    DRKIMBO says:
  • I find the pothole casting interesting but wish there was more relevance for this use.

    rowantaylor.com says:
  • What for a crasy brain with wide awake eyes. I love it.
    We know us from DO. I take your crasy Taschenbuch!

    GS says:

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