Lava Light

Light design with two different 'faces'

Lava light is a new light fixture which is designed focused on a harmony between the light and the space both when it is turned off and when it is turned on. In general, when a light is turned on, it casts a light and stands out in the space. However, when the light is turned off, it gives a totally different impression even though it still occupies the same space. For this reason, when designing a light it is also important to pay attention to how the light looks when it is off.

Stones and rocks are used for walls in interior spaces and they work well. But rocks can change their appearance completely, for example when a volcano erupts they melt into molten rocks. The rocks have two different but equally beautiful appearances. So I have designed a light which looks like a rock when it is turned off but casts an orange light when it is turned on.


Prototype Making


Industrial Designer


January 2017 - February 2018 (3 Weeks)



Fabrics and plastics are common materials for light fixtures. I prepared three coarse fabrics, three printed fabrics and three acrylic sheets and spraypainted them in three different colors, silver, brown and black. They were then placed over a LED light; first in a light room and then in a dark room. In the lighter room the coarse fabric which had been sprayed black looked hard because the surface was fluffy. However, when it was placed over a light bulb in the dark room, the soft light came through the fabric and the fabric looked soft.


Prototype Making



Lava Light Close-up