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A Lamp Inspired by a 1970’s Puzzle Toy

Children of the 1970s, you’re about to get a heavy dose of nostalgia. I’m sure we all remember the Rubik’s Cube, but do you remember its sister toy, the Rubik’s Snake (I think it was also known as the Rubik’s Twist)? I do, I do!! These two designers, Oikimus Maria and Ivan Zverev, of Oikimus Design, remember it too, and designed the 5+5 Lamp based on it.

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Just like the toy, 5+5 is made up of elements interconnected by hinges that allow the parts to rotate 360° to create various two- and three-dimensional shapes.

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The lamp’s case is made of plywood and is outfitted with LEDs inside that illuminate through frosted Plexiglas.

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Due to the lamp’s ability to change, it can become a table lamp, a wall lamp, or it can even be attached to your ceiling.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.