Cassette Lamp Is a Shining Ode to Analog

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Cassettes are sort of strangely attractive on their own, in a bulky, obsolete sort of way—so adding a brilliant bulb behind a box of them could only be pretty. The Tape Lamp does just that—and surprisingly non-tackily, too.

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Illustration for article titled Cassette Lamp Is a Shining Ode to Analog

Transparent House—the design team behind the Tape Lamp—wanted a physical marker to the rapidly disappearing medium. Tapes! People used to cherish the (now somewhat alien) plastic things. The team opted for microcassettes instead of standard audio tape for aesthetic purposes, but 100 of them packed into a plexiglass frame is still a visual treat. Plus—wind each one back and forth however you'd like to change the look of your lamp. The feeling of my finger in one of those spiky little cassette holes is already bringing back a wave of analog nostalgia. [Tape Lamp via Yanko]

DISCUSSION

This lamp costs an outrageous $1200!

I guess there are plenty of suckers out there willing to pay for something that would cost maybe $100 and not a whole lot of effort to build.

And those seams in the plastic look pretty bad on top of it. I could think quite a few options using actual fasteners that could look considerably more attractive. And it seems like the actual reels aren't even lined up in any sort of pattern. You'd think that at that price they would have put more effort into ensuring there was some kind of pattern.