IKEA Lamp Catches Elephantiasis Virus

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
June 24th 2012

Have you heard of Elephantiasis? It is a disease caused by microscopic parasitic worms that cause a thickening of the skin and underlying tissues. The disease typically occurs in tropical regions, however, as it seems it recently transferred to consumer products.


Designer Daan van den Berg made a 3D scan of the IKEA lamp LAMPAN and then infected the document with a digital version of the Elephantiasis virus.  The infected file was then converted into a physical product again using a 3D printer. As the virus causes a different deformation every time, each lamp made in this way is unique.


Seen at the Hacking IKEA expo

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Posted 01/05/2009 – 23:51

It seems pretty clear that the lamp was inspired by Joseph Merrick, who actually suffered from Proteus Syndrome, not elephantiasis.
Also elephantiasis is caused by a parasite, not a virus.
Nice lamp though.

Posted 01/05/2009 – 12:17

Great stuff. I must say that the idea behind this lamp is great !! thanks for inspired me..

Should men be able to give birth to children?

Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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