Editor's Note: Matt Hickman is a writer for Mother Nature Network. His article originally appeared here.
Marrying traditional Japanese craft techniques and energy-efficient lighting technology, designer Ryosuke Fukusada created an LED bulb wrapped in a thin wooden shell that, yep, glows.
The Wooden Light Bulb -- to be clear, it did not show as part of ICFF/NY Design Week -- is actually an LED bulb completely encased in a super-thin wooden shell that Fukusada created using a traditional Japanese craft technique called Rokuro. The fixture’s incandescent-shaped body is chipped so thin -- it does, however, appear to be solid like (Italian designer Mauro) Savoldi's wooden bulbs when turned off -- that when the lamp is switched on, it does indeed glow from within. Magical!
Boasting an aluminum base, the Wooden Light Bulb is totally safe (although probably not that practical for actual lighting purposes) as LEDs, unlike incandescents, produce a very small amount of heat. So not to worry folks, the bulb isn't a nightmarish, dangling fireball in disguise.
Again, the Wooden Light Bulb is still in the prototype stages, although according to Fukusada's website it's being further developed so perhaps someday you'll be able to own one yourself (I can picture Starbucks stores snatching these up by the truckload). For now, you'll just have to settle for this.