Alongside the automobile and the chair, the light bulb lamp is one of the most obsessed over items for designers. They serve as icons from the industrial era. Singular and mass-produced, this icon is a known quantity. Mitosis undermines this assumed knowledge by mitotically merging the elements of cord and bulb into a family of solutions. Each solution prolongs the strength and simplicity of a light bulb, a socket, and a cable. No need for a shade, a base, a pendant, etc.

The Edison design was a spherical bulb. Mitosis takes this singular bulb and liquefies its identity. This bulb melts to hold the cable, or blends with another sphere to multiply. Each of these operations is based on a material or method process. For instance, the blending of two nubs around a cable is done in the brown state of slip casting. This is a moment when the object is hard enough to demold, but soft enough to stretch slightly. In this moment, these nubs are pressed around a rod representing a cable. This allows the object to be demolded (without undercut) and the desired form to be produced after.

The cable is also an integral part of the Mitosis designs. Each design utilizes a rigid bent tube to either balance, or support the glass object in space when hung.

Further Information on Mitosis can be found in our publication 'Range'. 


year: 2008
material: Glass
principal: Brandon Clifford & Wes McGee