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With our attempts to cultivate nature, humankind causes the rising of a next nature, which is wild and unpredictable as ever. Wild systems, genetic surprises, autonomous machinery and splendidly beautiful black flowers. Nature changes along with us.

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IKEA Lamp Catches Elephantiasis Virus

Have you heard of Elephantiasis? It is a disease caused by microscopic parasitic worms that cause a thickening of the skin and underlying tissues. The disease typically occurs in tropical regions, however, as it seems it recently transferred to consumer products.

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Designer Daan van den Berg made a 3D scan of the IKEA lamp LAMPAN and then infected the document with a digital version of the Elephantiasis virus.  The infected file was then converted into a physical product again using a 3D printer. As the virus causes a different deformation every time, each lamp made in this way is unique.

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Seen at the Hacking IKEA expo. Related Printing Virtuality, Kokon chair, Blobman.

Discussion

  1. Great stuff. I must say that the idea behind this lamp is great !! thanks for inspired me..

  2. Will

    It seems pretty clear that the lamp was inspired by Joseph Merrick, who actually suffered from Proteus Syndrome, not elephantiasis.

    Also elephantiasis is caused by a parasite, not a virus.

    Nice lamp though.