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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  • 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.

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

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