A bubble is brief and bursts at your touch. But while it lasts, it catches the light and reflects the room like a multi-coloured temporary structure.
With this in mind the Swedish design studio Front came up with the Surface Tension Lamp. They wanted to create a constantly changing lamp that combines the most ephemeral of lampshade with an LED light source that will last for 50 000 hours. In the time it takes the LED to burn out, the lamp will have had 3 million different globe shades. The lamp blows a bubble every few seconds to form a transparent shade round an LED. How simple and amazing is that?
Belgium is filled with architectural gems, like this school designed by Renaat Braem.