Alexander Lervik’s Chocolate Lamp
Now here’s a delicious—and illuminating—idea: Swedish designer Alexander Lervik’s Lumière au Chocolat (Chocolate Lamp), which was conceived to reflect the phases of the sunrise. Exploring the contrast of light versus darkness—inspired by the polar nights of his native country, when a dim glow permeates the sky—Lervik collaborated with LED specialists Saas Instruments to create the edible lamp. When it is turned on, several minutes pass before the first hint of light is shed. As it grows brighter, the lamp begins to melt, morphing from solid to semi-liquid, and ultimately dissolving into a series of chocolate chunks. A conceptual product designer for the past 15 years, Lervik has worked with renowned producers such as Design House Stockholm and Italy’s Moroso. His chocolate lamp is currently on display at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.
The Poetry of Light chocolate lamp, unlike other lamps, is completely dark when you first turn it on, mimicking light spreading along the horizon at sunrise. The heat from the lamp causes the chocolate to begin melting, and it takes several minutes for the first rays of light to penetrate. Holes soon form and as the light grows the chocolate melts. The material and structure of the lamp are the result of pure curiosity. Alexander Lervik wanted to explore the possibility of creating a contrast to light, i.e. dark. The shape of the lamp has been devised based on extensive testing involving the melting process.
“The lamp was initially cube-shaped, but once we determined how chocolate melts together we modified the shape to resemble a cut-off pyramid,” says Alexander.
After roughly 15 minutes the chocolate has melted down and then solidifies into chunks.
“I find it poetic, with complete darkness at first and then a tiny ray of light penetrates the dark chocolate,” says Alexander.
Poetry of Light forms part of the Lervik 100 range and will be unveiled on 4 February 2013, 6pm-10pm at Galleri Kleerup Jacobs torg 3, Stockholm, Sweden.