It’s actually not called City of Light (instead it’s the Book of Light), but hey, the title works. City of Light is the work of writer Lauren Belfer. Seen below is the hardcover volume of hers that was gutted to make a nice reading lamp. Believe us, it’s totally gutted. But alas, genius can never be achieved without a requisite amount of chaos and destruction.
Okay, that was overreacting a bit. What designer Steve Hoefer did was to remove (more like tear out the books innards and create a frame inside to fit a lamp). The result is wonderful accessory for the bedside that, to be honest, probably won’t make a nice reading lamp.
There’s an instructional vid available for a quick perusal. Don’t worry, it isn’t painful to watch a book get stripped of its contents. One more thing: The resulting lamp isn’t battery powered.
Hopefully this project doesn’t inspire copycats to do violence on old hardbound tomes. Oh the humanity!
Anyway, just for kicks, name one hard bound book you’d want to make into a lamp.