Coil Lamp

Coil Lamp reduces the domestic table lamp to the minimum of defining elements. A single electrical cord coils around what appears to be an empty volume, defining the iconic form of a table lamp and ultimately powering a single light bulb.

The entire lamp is created exclusively from a 100 foot extension cord that has been wrapped around a laser-cut clear acrylic form. This simple transformation elevates the status of the humble extension cord to the realm of domestic design.

In 2012 Coil Lamp was acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago for their permanent collection.

In 2021 Coil Lamp was re-released as an open source design.

DIY Coil Lamp Kit


• "Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute" 2018
• "Rethinking Typologies" at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012;
• “re:design” at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, 2011;
• “Deceptive Design” at the Chicago Cultural Center, 2009

August 2009
Open Source (2021-current)
Self-production (2010-2020)
Noah Kalina
(image 2, 3, 4)
Johnathan Crawford
(”cord not included”)

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