Although anyone willing to expose their bombs or cans in your current apartment probably looks better with the lights off, Stockpile Designs makes lighting out of exactly that: decommissioned bombs, ammo cans, and missiles. The brainchild of a real-life "air-force brat" who grew up with "strange decor" from the places his parents were stationed, SD hits up surplus dealers & aviation scrapyards for materials, taking them "out of their aggressive context... [and] highlighting the form", a plan that has proven impossible to apply to dudes on Jersey Shore. A few ways to light up your day:
Friendly Fire: Although it's hard to imagine a "friend" accidentally firing a 2' bullet at you, the FF's made from a single recoil-less 1954 artillery rifle shell, has a turned walnut top, and houses a 12" long incandescent bulb in its perforated steel case.
The Megaton: Taking a 100lb Korean War bomb and removing the paint/corrosion to expose the steel, the Megaton's angled fins and rough machinist's marks "contrast with a 'traditional' table lamp form, giving the piece a muted aggression", unlike the rest of the lamp, which has the regular aggression of a 100lb bomb.
The Beacon: With spring-loaded stabilizing fins that're polished & nickel-plated for a "durable, bright shine", the Vietnam War-era cluster bomblet used in this lamp was actually "a dummy", just like you if you think you're going to get sweet bombs in your apartment any other way.
Published: February 21, 2012 at 4:00am EST
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