The future of dodo lamps looks bright. Technically good with innovative ideas and sound solutions that are both energy efficient and ecologically sound. The co-operation with other designers continues, this time together with Vesa Honkonen.

Together we formed a joint venture, HenkHonk, and we will present the latest models at the Habitare Furniture Exhibition’s Eco Light part. The Eco Design exhibition will be curated by the world famous German designer Ingo Maurer. Some of the lamps below might be showed at the HFF Eco Design Light exhibition, but even other models, made out of other material will be on display.

Sneak preview of the Habitare 2010 lamp

This is a sneak preview of the first prototype of our BAMBOO lamp, but since this many details have changed. However, this gives a rough idea of what it is all about.

Garbage is the future, and other thoughts about recycling

A tomato can is useful for transporting crushed tomatoes in, but can it be of any use later on? It is made of very good tin, it is well made with good seams and is far from useless. In this particular case, the interior of the can is painted white, so it adds the reflectivity of light in the reflector part to be, an added value. Electrical wiring is hung from the can roof with treaded rods, very good material solutions for the shaft of the lamp. The treads are of good use, nuts tread on them very well and no additional holes or pegs are required to drill or shape for attaching the springs for instance.
The reason why we are so into recycling and garbage is obvious, Garbage Design, Trash Design, Rubbish Design, Recycle Design and Roska Design are trademarks registered by dodo so this connection is most natural.

Treaded rod from a garbage dump and a crushed tomato tin can. Model 283 is in its early prototype stage, but most likely it will turn out to become something (later 283 actually became A 60⁰ N, Helsinki). Electrification is carried out, the light source is a LED solution, either a 3 W, 5W or 7 W, giving enough light for reading The electrical cord enters trough the top, running trough a tension reducer. Springs come from an old architecture type lamp, as well found on a garbage dump, spring load can be adjusted by the wing nuts.

I got a bit carried away, more models started to pop up, most of them of crushed tomato can size, but even tomato pure cans became quit nice lamps. Let’s see what might become out of this project.

One of these lamps, or an offspring of these, will be shown at the Habitare Eco Design event in September this year. “Licht der Stiftung” reflects the fact that it was made from a tomato can, bought at a German economy outlet store (Stiftung Lidl). It is a wall lamp with a wooden (Poplar; Populus tremulus) attatchment piece.
All parts of the lamp are recyclabel or reusable, the driver and the LED, they can be reused, the wing nuts can be used over and over again, the frame can either be recycled, used as it is or burned and finally the tin can goes into the Metal Recycling Bin.