Ever feel like someone is watching you, or that you have been caught in the spotlight unprepared? Well, this set of three strange strange floor, table and wall security camera lamp designs might just multiply those effects – right inside your very own living room.
The Perspektiva Lamp was designed as much to be artistic commentary (on the nature of capturing versus producing light) as a piece of for-sale home lighting. The classic camera-and-tripod duo is immediately understandable to the eye from the distinctive shapes, but instead of taking images these are now lights that project into surrounding space.
The surveillance lamp likewise uses recognizable forms – a standard public or private security camera – perched on a more abstract-looking tripod and movable like a typical multi-headed floor lamp would be. Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff, its designers, were inspired to create something that conjured the spirit of ‘1984’-style dystopian visions of a futuristic Big-Brother state.
“Recent discussion about surveillance in society inspired the creation of a piece of furniture with an Orwellian ‘1984’ feel to it,” the designers say. “Blending the typical appearance of a surveillance camera with a standing lamp is an ambiguous refection of our thoughts about the political future. Using cold metal strengthens the relationship of our lamp to the character of surveillance cameras.”
Finally, we have a smaller, swivel-mounted set of table and wall lamps by Antrepo Design Industry. These ones are a bit more sleek and stylish, but nonetheless cannot avoid the associations of security and prying eyes in their design, for better or worse.
“A dose of minimalism and efforts for changing the perception is maybe the simplest definition for Antrepo. We are a collective based multi-disciplinary design consultancy. We’re designing the future, transforming consumer experience and push the business success with the power of data. We create, we build and we deliver, earning trust and commitment from our network.”