One of the things we don't get to do very much is interact with flying insects... unless, of course, we're trying to kill them. But South Korean born Jeongwon Ji, who recently set up his design studio in London, has come up with the Capture! lamp, to establish new, more positive, relationships between humans and insects.
The Capture Lamp sits sturdily on its handle when not in use; the handle separates into two handles when pulled apart, an action that turns on a bright light - blue UV LEDs. The light is a strong draw for insects, such as flies, moths, and if you're lucky, maybe more exotic ones. Insects just flock to the light.
Like a small insect zoo, you can observe the flying fellers up close - a great learning experience for kids. Then, when you've satisfied your curiousity or had a good chat with them, you can close the lamp, preserving them alive. Then turn the lamp upside down, carry it outside, and humanely release the insects into their natural environment.
Exploring new relationships and protecting the natural order of life is one of the new directions of creative design. Catcher! is a great example of this new movement.
Jeongwon Ji will exhibit Catcher!, as well as other lighting designs, at 100% Design at Stand H119 in September.