Monday, September 7, 2009


When studying the similarities between organic relationships and the relationships we find in design, we discover that parasitism manifests itself almost exclusively as a negative. But can parasites be advantageous to users, even while exploiting a host? This luminary depends on an existing lamp as a power source and for structural support, while providing the user with lighting alternatives.

“Paralight” gains an electricity supply through an adapter that screws into an existing lamp’s (host) bulb socket. A three-way switch changes the current between the host and “Paralight”, allowing for task lighting through the host, and ambient lighting through “Paralight.” The lamp hooks around the stem of a standing lamp, and stays in place through the tension created in its flexible body.

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