This glass lamp grows plants in windowless spaces without any human maintenance



BY: DANIKA MOIR

Photos by We Love Eames

I live in a basement apartment that faces an alley, so the two small windows I have bring in almost no light, at least not enough to keep a plant alive. Before I moved in, I had to abandon my beloved cactus George and leave it with my family so it could live its full life as a cactus. It was heartbreaking, really.

However, Studio We Love Eames has created a glass lamp called the luminaire that is able to grow plants in windowless rooms, taking away the need for natural light. It’s a fully self-sustaining, low-maintenance system, meaning it requires no human care—that includes ventilation or irrigation (which is a plus for us folks who forget those things). The plants are able to photosynthesize regularly because of the similarities between LED and sunlight.

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Two types of the lamp will be available: the standing lamp and the hanging lamp. The standing lamp has an electrically conductive coating on the glass, allowing electricity to stream along the surface while remaining invisible to the eye. To create the glass lamps, the glass blowers work the hot glass into a mold for either the standing or pendant lamp, as seen in the pictures below.

Thanks to the self-sustaining environment, hotels, offices and apartments will be able to grow plants without our nurturing.

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