A drop of light

Designer Tokujin Yoshioka applies his unique touch to yet another product category, this time lighting, with the stunning new Tear Drop lamp for the Yamagiwa brand. Yoshioka has proven time and again that he can use a variety of materials in original ways. This time he tackles glass, with the resulting globe — not unlike a crystal ball that you could predict the future of design with — shaped as a beautiful, floating droplet of water frozen in space. Yoshioka himself likes the shape so much that he's also introduced the Tear Drop Chair, blowing up the lamp's aesthetic to a suitably comfortable size. But you'll need to be patient if you plan on getting your hands on either — the lamp is only scheduled to be on shelves in 2008.

www.yamagiwa.co.jp; www.tokujin.com