How honest is an object? How much does its appearance tell us about its content, its quality, or its construction? In order to provide a buiding with an elegant look, blind walls have been used in architecture for hundreds of years. Similar practices are often availed of in the area of industrial design, where precious materials are used to visually enhance objects. Designers frequently question the merit of this. But is the consumer equally sceptical? In a market where, even for a competent person, it is hard to tell which is the original and which the fake, in how far is the consumer sensitised for the relation between cover and content? The object “Delusion” is trying to raise the observer’s awareness for such matters in a playful manner. As soon as the switch is used, the observer should begin to see. However ordinary the wooden cube may seem, curiosity is stirred up as soon as the light goes on inside. What is underneath? Is this really wood? Beside this desired effect, the lamp also acts as an ideal source of indirect lighting. The ash wood chosen for the exterior of the lamp sheds an extremely warm light and gives the room a cosy atmosphere. In winter especially, this warm light bears connotations of fireplaces with blazing wood fires.
BSO | 2008