Watching a sunrise is one of those awe-inspiring experiences that everyone should have at least a few times in their lives. The Solarise Lampshade from industrial design student Pu Tai lets you do it every day, at whatever time you choose thanks to a cool thermochromic feature.
This heat reactive design features the iconic London skyline which is dark when the lamp is off. After you turn it on, the lampshade warms up and begins to change color. It slowly goes from nighttime dark to early morning glow to midday sun.
It takes a few minutes for the lampshade to turn completely light, mimicking the slow and subtle beauty of an actual sunrise. The Solarise shows off some of London’s most iconic skyline features, which is a plus for everyone who has ever visited and loved the city. Watch the light shift in intensity like a real sunrise in the video below.
“The ‘Solarise’ lampshade depicts a subtle image of the London skyline and mimics the effect of the sun rising. Sunrise sets the city aglow and energizes people. As the sky gets brighter, the skyline appears as one of the most attractive views and symbolic images of a city.”
“The sky is printed with a thermochromic layer that changes colour in reaction to heat. When the light is switched on, the heat of the bulb causes the sky to change from dark to light and creates the effect of the sun rising gradually over a timespan of a few minutes.”
Want to get one of these city skyline lamps for your own home? They’re available for purchase through Lauren Moriarty & Co. You could also try to DIY your own, non heat-reactive version with an easy tutorial from Just Crafty Enough that uses a straight pin to poke holes through the shade.