Today’s Daily Lamp is a pretty awesome (at least to me!) selection of actual human-sized mannequin lamps from Al Hamad Design in Kuwait — and when I say actual human-sized, I mean that the lamp is a standing version of a person with a lampshade where there should be a head. Oh, and to turn the lamp on? You shake its hand. Check it out:
From the Al Hamad Design website on Embarakiya, the line’s name:
Embarakiya are human floor lamps dressed in traditional Kuwaiti wardrobe. The lamp shades are upholstered in the actual fabric of the headdress. Each of these lamps features a touch sensor in the hand with three dimmer settings. Shake hands and the lamp will turn on. The men include a built-in speaker in the torso.
Well I sure the hell have never seen anything like this before! Embarakiya lamps have a fiberglass body, real fabric covering, and have cultural significance as they’re modeled on Kuwaiti clothing. There’s a standing man lamp, a standing woman lamp, a woman lamp sitting, and a standing child lamp. This is certainly different than any lamp I’ve ever seen!
I’ve read nothing but article after article on these lamps that says they’re creepy. Do you agree? I think they’re awesome!