This exhibit is playing with the discourse that is currently being held in the field of design. It is a symbol of what design can achieve in our days. Currently, we can see a trend of interpreting design as an act of art, an act of creating unique objects causing rather a thematicand contentual discussion than fulfilling the practical role of consumer articles.
Self-reflecting lamp is a ready-made object that critically opposes these different views. Two normal table lamps, the shades of which are grown together like Siam twins, illuminate themselves without managing to produce really useful light. It is just the ventilation slots of the shades which allow some light to pass through, creating a decorative effect by its flower-shaped reflection on the wall.

As to their original function, the elements (the two table lamps) are reduced to absurdity, giving us the impression that they are no longer of use. The object in itsintegrity, however, makes its “user” think about its functionality and thus forces him to reflect about the things that surround him.

How would you exchange the light bulb?

The orbicular lampshade could be disconnected from the two pieces with the ventilation slots. The light-bulbs need to be a smaller diameter than  the two notches on the shade´s left an right side.
In self_reflecting_lamp there is space on each side for two bulbs, E 27, diam. 40mm, 25 watt. That´s enough, because the light only comes out of the ventilation slots anyway!

Self Reflecting Lamp by Oliver Schick

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