Light & Clever: Tricky ‘Carved Cube’ Table Lantern Design

The biggest worry with this creative kind of concealment is that someone might pick it up too fast, expecting to hold a heavy wood chunk in their hands … that or they could just try to sit on top of it.

Flush corner joints and properly-oriented grain might the unlit version look just like a block of wood carved straight from a tree, but the flick of a switch reveals the hollow nature of the lantern.

Not to nitpick, but the leaf pattern might be a slight step too far for the French designers that made CUB – a floral motif does not seem necessary when the simplicity of the light against the textured grain of the wood is itself so rich and warm.

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