Designed by up-and-coming, Berlin-based designer Philipp Käfer, the clever (breaking) Heart features a neon ring framed by a folded, mirrored surface. When one changes his or her position relative to the mirror, the reflection of the ring is broken into segments. From a head-on perspective, the reflection appears as a complete heart. But take a small step left or right and the image of the heart splinters into segments.
A heart is one of the most commonly used icons in communication. Depending on the context, it can imply a range of meanings, from a simple, pure love to a more commercial, buyable "love." (breaking) Heart Lamp is inspired by the neon signs that illuminate the kind of nightlife promising pleasure and distraction. In response to one's own subtle movements, the image of a circle, a basic geometrical shape, is broken apart and rearranged into a heart, an inter-culturally intelligible symbol. This design is made from mirrored stainless steel with a neon tube light.
Please note that this piece is only available with a 230 V European bulb holder and cannot be modified for the US market.