A Beautiful Lampshade Carved From Solid Granite

A Beautiful Lampshade Carved from Solid Granite

This may be a lampshade, but light isn't what it does best -- because this new interpretation of the classic industrial lamp is carved from a solid piece of granite. The brainchild of AStudio, the Mika 350 is a pendant lamp inspired by ancient Celtic forts of the 6th century BC.

Carved from a solid piece of granite, using two different machines over the course of five hours, the result is a surprisingly thin shell that houses a regular domestic light bulb -- but it still weighs in at 7kg.

The top of the shade is finished with oak, chestnut, sucupira or afzelia, and inside a gearwheel allows the light fitting to change size without breaking the granite. You can watch a video of it being carved below. But don't lust after it too much -- because it will set you back at least $US800. [AStudio via Design Boom]