So, I’m pretty much in love with the Bird in Hand Lamp, an LED pendant lamp designed by J.P. Meulendijks for sustainable Dutch design firm, Plankton.
 
The lamp is made from ECOLOTEK, an eco-friendly, compostable material composed of hemp fibers, raw-earth minerals, and a natural binder. Inspired by Cradle to Cradle principles, the crew at Plankton spent a year developing it themselves. And as you can see, the lamp itself is a clever tribute to shadow puppetry. 
Reads the product description:
 
The lamp is based on, and tribute to the universal art of hand shadows; making shadows on the wall using your hands to create birds, rabbits,and other figures. Playing with light and hand shadows is a centuries old past time long before electric light was invented. BIRD IN HAND plays with this concept: all of the hands are positioned to look like a flock of birds, flying out in circles. The shadows cast on the wall looks like birds. This results in a very expressive, dynamic and striking looking lamp, with layers of humor and poetry hidden in the design.
 
The Bird in Hand Lamp, like Plankton’s, umm, two other products, is “produced with a minimal environmental footprint and maximal life-cycle through durable construction and good timeless design with a little poetry and soul.” Plus, they’re produced in limited quantities in the Netherlands so this baby sports a daunting price tag: 1270,00 euro (just short of $1,700). Okay, so not the most budget-friendly eco-lighting option out there but certainly worth ogling, right? 
 
Via [Design Milk]

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.