Walk toward this series of translucent desktop lamps from across a room, and they’ll seem to go from three-dimensional to two-dimensional right before your eyes. From afar, they look like ordinary lampshades made of a white gridded material, but you can’t quite believe what you see: the effect is an optical illusion.
Created by Tel Aviv-based design firm Studio Cheha, the BULBING collection consists of three minimalist takes on classic desk lamps. Each shade looks like a fully-rounded 3D design, but every piece of each lamp aside from the connector at the base is completely flat.
A laser silhouette of a classic lampshade is etched onto a thick sheet of acrylic glass, and a hidden LED bulb embedded in the wooden support piece completes the illusion. A dimmer switch lets you adjust the brightness so it’s ideal for tasks like reading or working on crafts.
Studio Cheha has taken to Kickstarter to get the lamp series into production, making them available to the public for pledges starting at roughly $65. The crowdfunding campaign has already surprised its goal threefold with thirty days remaining.