As its name suggests, Brick Lamp is a lamp shaped like a brick. This is minimalism brought to bear on the world of lighting, with Brick Lamp featuring "no switch, no shade, and no wires."
The idea of Brick Lamp is to reconnect us with the moment light is either revealed or concealed. Most of us have got too used to simply flicking a switch or pulling a cord and light flooding into our houses, all without ever actively thinking about the process. Brick Lamp turns the very act of turning the light on or off into a much more tactile experience.
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To this end, Brick Lamp has been designed as a simple-yet-functional lamp shaped like a brick. When it's lifted up onto its side or placed on its back, the light is switched on. And when it's laid flat on its front once again, the light is extinguished. The beveled sides mean it can be left standing up, offering a focused light source either pointing horizontally or slightly downwards depending on which angled side you choose. The weight has been distributed evenly to allow it to stand upright without toppling over.
The On/Off mechanism which distinguishes Brick Lamp from other lamps works on any firm, flat surface. The 3-watt warm white LED bulb inside is powered by a built-in 4,000-mAh lithium-ion battery. This is charged using the supplied USB cable, which can be plugged into either a compatible device or wall socket. When fully charged, Brick Lamp will last for up to five hours. Brick Lamp comes in three different materials: wood, concrete, and aluminum. Whatever the material, Brick Lamp measures 19 cm x 13.5 cm x 4.2 cm (7.5 in x 5.3 in x 1.7 in).
The production of Brick Lamp is currently being funded through a Kickstarter campaign which has already reached its target of US$22,000. A pledge of $99 or more is needed to secure the promise of a Brick Lamp if and when it gets produced. Deliveries are estimated to begin in July 2015, with free shipping available in the US and paid shipping available everywhere else in the world.