Just about all of us have seen test cards on our televisions, but few if any of have obsessed over them like designer Simon Forgacs has. Now, after years of pondering about and playing with this analogue oddity, the young Hungarian based designer has used them to create what he is calling the Mono Lamp.
Measuring just under a foot in diameter and resting on an aluminum and wooden circular base, these plastic globes give off a bright glow, illuminating the either grayscale or color test patterns on the plastic orb with a replaceable standard lightbulb. The whole thing looks almost sci-fi inspired. When talking about the Mono Lamp, Forgacs mentioned how interesting it was that these test cards ‘lived’ in the same box that movies like Star Wars did. Perhaps this accounts for the Death Star like globe look. Of course, these cards originally weren’t meant for destroying planets like Alderaan. They helped do everything from calibrating actual cameras used for shooting a show, to signal paths downstream. Now, however, they can help bring some color and warmth to your home or office. Prices start at $111. [Purchase]