Some bright ideas: Vespa Lamps!
The Italians are known the world over for their innovative designs and the precision of their craftsmanship which have always been associated with style and elegance. That’s probably the reason why when we say the term ‘Italian design,’ it flows so naturally as, say, ‘American Dream’ or ‘Chinese food!’
In fact, Italy has been successful in the design department, it excels in , not one, but several areas when it comes to it; be it fashion, home interiors/furniture, automobile & transport and industrial design.
It is said that one aspect of Italian design combines functionality with irony. They use scrap materials or makeshift items to reinvent and give birth to a new product. The Vespa is a result of such reinvention. During that time, Piaggio was an aircraft manufacturer so the wheels of the original Vespa prototype was in fact, aircraft tail wheels; and the simple two-stoke engine was the starting unit of large aircraft engines.
Another prime example of this kind of Italian ingenuity is the lamp above. The designer utilized an actual handle bar of a Vespa scooter create this one-of-a-kind lamp with the headlight serving as its light source. The fully-functional work of art was designed by Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi. You can read this artist’s bio here.
He designed other Vespa-themed lamps, each one very distinct from the others. Check ‘em out!
The price for each of these lamps fetches at €1,1000. Following today’s conversion rate, that would cost about USD1,400 or about PHP70,000! Some precious stuff! But they are really nice though. :)
You can see his other lamp designs in his website’s gallery.