Ok so when I first saw this I was like, “How the hell would wood be sufficient casing for a bulb?!” and I was totally hooked.
Turns out it’s simply that there’s a thin wooden shell encasing a LED bulb – which, in the end, totally makes sense. Though not as incredible a feat as I initially though it would be, it’s still a pretty tricky thing to do, getting wood to be thin enough to allow light through.
The creator, Ryosuke Fuksada, reduced the wooden case to its minimum thickness by a Japanese artisanal technique called Rokuro.
The naturalistic bulb won the Kyoto Renaissance design competition though the artist has said on his site that the bulb is still under development.
Still…pretty cool right?