Now in its 2,402nd  21st season, MTV’s The Real World  was revolutionary and relevant when it hit the cultural landscape in 1992. Seventeen years later, the grande dame of reality television has found its oft-imitated format — place a handful of diverse strangers in a house for several months and keep the cameras rollin’ — spun into a showcase of binge drinking, manufactured melodrama, hot tub hook-ups, and overall sordid shenanigans. Needless to say, it’s as popular as ever.

The 20th season, filmed in Hollywood, found the plucky housemates living in the show’s first “green” abode (not sure how water conservation was handled with all that hot tubbin’). This season's house, a stunning waterfront loft in Red Hook Brooklyn, doesn’t have the eco-cred that the Hollywood house did, but from after watching a couple (or more) episodes, I’ve noticed a prominently featured piece of green design: TwistTogether Lamps.

For those who indulge: Has the lighting in the “confessional room” ever caught your eye? Those would be the TwistTogether Lamps. The lamps, essentially LED Legos, consist of four or more interlocking, modular blocks that you can fashion into an endless array of set-ups (check out the video below to see what I mean). And because the lamps are LED, they consume less energy and last longer while emitting a warm glow. The lamps come in “Candy” and “Chocolate” colors and there’s even a new product from the folks at the Brooklyn-based design studio Glide: TwistTogether Shelves.


Kudos to the Real World Brooklyn designers for keeping the lighting local and low-impact. And although I don’t speak too highly of the show and its tendency to focus on skin and sauce, the current season isn’t that bad. They’ve cast an interesting group of housemates this time around. 

TwistTogether Lamps available @ Supermarket, Design Public, and Uncommon Goods ($100 - $110).

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

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Rock n' roll (and save on energy bills) with LED TwistTogether Lamps.