Improvements in lighting technology have made ordinary table lamps a thing of the past. Brighter bulbs with longer life spans and greater portability mean that lighting design inspiration is not limited by these constraints and can come from a variety of places—like cracked eggs, optical illusions, and jellyfish. Japanese artist Yukiko Morita continues this trend with table and wall lamps that are made out of bread. Yes—the same baked good we all enjoy has also found a place in illuminating our homes.
Calling her collection Pampshade, the quirky table lamps and wall mounts are made from real loaves of bread. Figuring out the design was no easy feat, but the endeavor has been Morita's passion project for the last 10 years. “I love bread. Bread is cute,” she explained. “I want to display it in my room and stare at it.” Don't we all?
Morita's lamps look good enough to eat. Using ingredients that include bread flour, yeast, LED lighting, and batteries—as well as some secret ingredients—she's able to bake them into fluffy loaves. A layer of resin preserves the texture, as if the bread just came out of the oven.
Pampshade products are now available in Morita’s online shop. From croissants to baguettes, your favorite types of bread now ship internationally.