Finn Magee’s Flat Light is both an image of a lamp and an actual lamp. Confused? Wired’s Gadget Lab astutely compares the design to the work of René Magritte, though it seems to be a response to his work rather than a simple reference to it.

Magritte, a Belgian artist, is best known for a couple of paintings — one depicting a tobacco pipe and the other depicting an apple. The first is inscribed with the phrase “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (“This is not a pipe”), and the second similarly denies that it is an apple, his point being that realistic art can only go so far in capturing the object. Just try filling the pipe with tobacco, for instance, or taking a bite out of the apple. The Flat Light, however, though it appears to be only a wall-mounted poster, actually conceals a bank of LED lights that turn on at the flick of a switch. Thus, the image is the object is the image. Produced in a limited run of 50, you can purchase one online at Moss.

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