A new design in lighting is the icy lamp created by Swedish designers Siri Bahlenberg and Sofia Bergfeldt. This unique lamp is encased in an angular block of ice that slowly melts back into its mold so it can be re-frozen and used again.
This Melt and Recreate lamp is illuminated using a combination of LED lights and fibre optics that are suspended above the ice. Depending on the ambient conditions, the ice may be clear or translucent. The light is diffused through the frozen water, giving off a dim glow that gradually becomes brighter as the melted ice drips away.
The combination of water and electricity is kept safe the solid mass by the fibre optics that the electricity is conducted through. The LEDs and fibre optics are contained within an element that detaches from the metal fixture. This element sits on top of the mold so the water freezes around it, holding it in place.
Once solid, the element and its icy shade are clipped back into the conical fixture and connected to the electricity supply. The lamp’s original mold is placed below the pendant to collect the meltwater, ready to be reused. It takes 10 hours for the lamp to melt and another 10 hours for it to refreeze – and each casting is different. The dimensions of the plastic mold are designed to fit a standard-sized freezer.