An icy light that slowly melts only to be recreated by the user
What happens when users are brought closer to the creation of an object and are able to witness its life cycle? Melt and Recreate is a product-cum-social-experiment by Swedish designers Siri Bahlenberg and Sofia Bergfeldt. The former classmates created a lamp with a shade of ice. Users freeze the lamp in a mold for 10 hours. Once removed from the mold, the lamp takes 10 hours to melt and the process starts over again.
Melt and Recreate speeds up the life cycle of a product, while adding a visual element that clearly marks the beginning and end. It remains unclear whether the rapid life cycle would provoke users to quickly tire of the product or if the interactive novelty adds value. It could also be an interesting alternative watering house plants!
The lamp was another product shown as part of the Ung Svensk Form at the recent Stockholm Furniture Fair.