Valentine's Day is almost here, and you know what that means— over the next week and a half, large quantities of chocolate will be purchased and consumed by much of the world's populations (we aren't hating!).
If you didn't know, chocolate has become a favorite medium of designers, used in everything from edible surfaces, hospitality design, and even 3D printing. But have you ever wondered just how long the delectable treat can withstand the elements—say, specifically, a warm light bulb? No? Okay, well admit it wasn't our first question either, but thanks to designer Alexander Lervik and his new Lumière au Chocolate we now have the answer (as well as a tasty conversation piece).
The Poetry of Light lamp is constructed entirely out of chocolate, beginning life in complete darkness and then mimicking the rays of early morning light, spreading across the horizon as the bulb begins to melt the chocolate.
The Poetry of Light chocolate lamp, unlike other lamps, is completely dark when you first turn it on, mimicking light spreading along the horizon at sunrise. The heat from the lamp causes the chocolate to begin melting, and it takes several minutes for the first rays of light to penetrate. Holes soon form and as the light grows the chocolate melts. The material and structure of the lamp are the result of pure curiosity. Alexander Lervik wanted to explore the possibility of creating a contrast to light, i.e. dark. The shape of the lamp has been devised based on extensive testing involving the melting process. Poetry of Light forms part of the Lervik 100 range and was unveiled last night at Galleri Kleerup Jacobs torg 3.
Photos via Alexander Lervik