's XXXLamp, designed by Bart Lens, is "inspired by the shape of a Chinese lantern." Unlike a Chinese lantern, however, the XXXLamp is more than five feet high and 13 feet across and comes with an equally grand philosophy: with lamps becoming "space defining," the idea is that instead of submitting to the walls of a room, you enter the area aglow and defined by the lantern yet "still retain a sense of the surroundings beyond the boundary."
If you're still with us, the XXXLamp is built in twelve segments so that you can hang just a half or a quarter of the lamp and use mirrors for additional effect, or have the interior panels printed on
. It is suspended by a framework similar to that on a hot air balloon and fitted with three white light fixtures, or a suite of variable colored LEDs whose hues can be controlled remotely.
Eden also provides a note on hanging it, if you're already sizing up your salon: fix its lower edge at about shoulder level, so that you duck to enter the illuminated area
and, according to the image, um, stand there and read. The XXXLamp isn't on sale yet, but is being prepared for retail markets and will probably have a price tag as impressive as its diameter.