RADIOACTIVE ALERT! BEWARE OF THE ROBOCHINAL LAMP.

Radioactive alert! Beware of the Robochinal lamp.

This lamp may look like it’s been stolen from the laboratory of a mad scientist, but this ingenious object is the creation of Romanian freelance photographer & lighting designer, Andrei Ignia. The industrial object enthusiast started a long-term love affair with the light during Bulb27, a project centred entirely around light bulbs. Let’s hear a bit more.

What is the Bulb27 Project?

Bulb27? It’s a visual mix that brings together photography, video and lamps. These three directions are of course different, but they have the same “core” using light as raw matter. I started to create all these lamps under the name Bulb27 after I saw a photo on the Internet with a Kozo lamp that made me ask myself how I could make one. After that, my goal was to create twenty.

The purpose of Bulb27 is to explore different and almost forgotten crafts and objects and put them in a different light. It’s not a process of up-cycling but rather a memento.

Through this project, I also discovered a small but growing community of product designers from Romania, community that found its home at Dizainar – concept store.

What is the Bulb27 Project?

Bulb27? It’s a visual mix that brings together photography, video and lamps. These three directions are of course different, but they have the same “core” using light as raw matter. I started to create all these lamps under the name Bulb27 after I saw a photo on the Internet with a Kozo lamp that made me ask myself how I could make one. After that, my goal was to create twenty.

The purpose of Bulb27 is to explore different and almost forgotten crafts and objects and put them in a different light. It’s not a process of up-cycling but rather a memento.

Through this project, I also discovered a small but growing community of product designers from Romania, community that found its home at Dizainar – concept store.

How do you choose and source your raw material? 

All these objects came from collectors from different countries and I can’t find them everywhere. I searched for all these objects in flea markets, rag fairs and concept stores from Frankfurt, Amsterdam, London and Iasi -Romania. The “goldmines” are in Amsterdam! Those people really have a sixth sense for design!


Could you tell us a little about the inspiration behind Robochinal? 

The Robochinal lamp is a mix of Frankfurt and Amsterdam. In Frankfurt, I found this huge old jar that was used in drugstores, when I was mad for glass bell dome jars (used in taxidermy) because, in my mind, they were the perfect display case for light bulbs. But after I bought it I realized that vintage Edison light bulbs did not look right, as the glass was to smoky.

After a couple of months, I discovered Plumen 001 in a concept store in Amsterdam and suddenly realised what Robochinal should look like – a laboratory glass jar that keeps away a radioactive matter. Why is Plumen reminiscent of radioactive matter? Because its perfect light and curved lines create a feeling of constant movement.

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