marco de masi designs a floor lamp inspired by the burning mirrors of archimedes
 

marco de masi designs a floor lamp inspired by the burning mirrors of archimedes

it is said that during the siege of syracuse between 212-213 BC, greek mathematician and inventor archimedes used ‘burning mirrors’ as a weapon against marcus claudius marcellus and his roman fleet. millennia later, this ancient technology serves as inspiration to rome-based designer marco de masi and his new lighting design.

marco de masi designs a floor lamp inspired by the burning glasses of archimedes designboom
archimede floor lamp
all images by @iamshape/@alineritania, courtesy of marco de masi

 

 

archimede by marco de masi is a contemporary floor lamp composed of a calacatta marble base and a hinged steel mirror. the light source is fixed within the marble base, from where it projects to the mirrored part of the design. just like archimedes and his burning glass, the light from the base is reflected and refracted by the mirror. through the double finish of the mirror – in both brushed and polished steel – the lamp creates two different effects, either a direct or a scattered light.

marco de masi designs a floor lamp inspired by the burning glasses of archimedes designboom

archimede and its reflected light

marco de masi designs a floor lamp inspired by the burning glasses of archimedes designboom

calacatta marble base

marco de masi designs a floor lamp inspired by the burning glasses of archimedes designboom

brrushed steel mirror

marco de masi designs a floor lamp inspired by the burning mirrors of archimedes

polished steel mirror

marco de masi designs a floor lamp inspired by the burning mirrors of archimedes

archimede floor lamp concept

 

 

project info:

 

project name: archimede

design: marco de masi

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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