Light Up Your Loaf With Pampshade, The First Lamps Made From Real Bread

Thanks to Pampshade, the soothing golden glow of fresh-baked bread can now illuminate the near and far corners of any room – not just the kitchen.

Pampshade was created by Yukiko Morita, a former bakery worker who caught the yeast bug (figuratively speaking) and felt driven to prove loaves, buns, baguettes and brioches had so much more to offer.

“I love bread. Bread is cute,” states Morita. “I want to display it in my room and stare at it.” Well hey, don't we all, but there's an icky blue-green reason we don't... over the long term, anyway.

It took Morita several years to solve various decompositional issues but eventually she was able to break to mold, so to speak, and bring her dream of Pampshade to electrified reality.

All it took were “bread flour, salt, yeast, LED, batteries,” transparent resin and a special proprietary secret ingredient or two to finally give the masses what they've always been kneading, er, needing.

And so she has, via the good auspices of Tokyo Design Week. “Pampshade” is a portmanteau derived from “pan” the Japanese word for bread, and “shade” as in lampshade. Thus, a wired or battery-powered lampshade made from bread which is a lot less outlandish then, say, a trashcan-sized replica of Devil's Tower formed from a whole lot of mashed potatoes.

Visit the company website for more info on these leavened luminaries and hit Morita's Twitter page for updates on all things Pampshade. (via Spoon and Tamago)