Imagine a cloud floating through your window and freezing itself into place. Magical? Then you’d love Cloud by Chinese designer Zhao Liping, which functions as both a hanging and standing lamp.
In the design of the lamp, Zhao took inspiration from the poem “Chance” by renowned Chinese poet and writer Xu Zhimo (1897-1931):
I am a cloud in the sky, That is occasionally projected in your heart. Don’t be surprised, Or too elated; For I shall vanish in an instant without a trace.[…]
Zhao forwards that the lamp is the concrete manifestation of a cloud lingering in her heart. White, pure, ethereal and playful, the design is a reflection of Xu’s nonchalance on the ephemerality of romantic encounters.
I guess if you can’t stop a lover who’s leaving, the least you can do is to cast in stone cloud his/her impression.
Zhao Liping is a Chinese product designer.