Inspired by the darkest Universe mystery

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

Original hand sketches

...the future of the universe is not completely determined by the laws of science, and its present state, as Laplace thought. God still has a few tricks up his sleeve...
— Stephen Hawking