Dario Alejandro Narvaez

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Black Hole Lamp

From the deepest universe mystery. To the light…

Designed by Dario Narvaez and Anthony Baxter / Prototype: Curve ID Team

Winner project in the Established category in the L A M P Design Competition. The lamp was exhibited in the JAN KATH showroom in Vancouver, BC in 2016, as well as in the Consulate of Colombia in New York. 

A popular depiction of a black hole is an unseen force of nature drawing light down to a single point in space. Using this analogy, the ‘Black Hole Lamp’ controls the intensity of the light being emitted by creating a funnel from which the light cannot escape.

In the ‘on’ position the reflective disc of material is fully illuminated, but as the flexible disc is drawn back towards the center of the black hole, the light gets dimmer until it eventually disappears. The ‘Black Hole Lamp’ is effectively dimming the light as it changes shape, in the same way a black hole draws in light and matter by altering the fabric of space.

“I thought this lamp was fantastic – so elegant and I love that you have to pull back the metal ‘switch’ to dim the lighting, as if you’re stretching time and space, ... You know, it’s always a dilemma – structure and engineering versus metaphor and poetry – but, in the end, a lamp has to be functional. This one has it all.”
— Phillip K. Smith III. American contemporary artist. Creator of fine art light and space works


Jenny Sabin Installation. A light-absorbing knitted textile pavilion at Copper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City, 2017

The Research phase included visits to museums such the Cooper Hewitt and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and the The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washigton D.C.

One of the highlights in the Research process is the the installation by Jenny E. Sabin. An architectural framework inspired by both nature and mathematics, and is built from an assemblage of mediums: digitally knitted 3D elements, solar active and drake yarns, twill tape and aluminum tubing. The temporary pavilion employs both photoluminescent and light activated yarns that absorb, collect, and deliver luminance.

The inspiration in “Cosmic” is vast. Numerous ideas came out after looking to different medias and sources. satellites, telescopes and in genereal all the props related to the universe, start invading designers mind with beautiful images and textures. Nasa website is a big example of this. Just go online and have fun!

The phenomena related to the Universe was the biggest inspiration. I wanted a lamp inspired by the beautiful imagery from the space, but also from the events that occur on it. The plan was to have a beautiful piece, but also functionally inspired by nature.


From star dust to the born of an idea