Thunderball Pendant Lamp. Designed by Richard Hutten for NgispeN.
The Immutable Hexagon Facilitates Limitless Variety
Hutten’s Thunderball is thus much like a deconstructed honeycomb. In its “intact” form it resembles an intricate and somewhat oblong spheroid—a probable contender for the preferred shape of said implement by the hypothetical deity mentioned above—but its ultimate form is left to the aesthetic whims of that other habitual hypothetical deity, the user. Hutten and manufacturer NgispeN suggest that Thunderball morphs according to his/her desires, and the product photos bear this out: each of the user manipulations of the piece reveals a motif of opening and emptying. The look is unusual and unusually intriguing, suggesting not only the deconstructed hives of bees (the honey pouring out just like Hutten’s sweet light), but also a fractured meteorite, the egress apparatus of an extraterrestrial transport, or even the inside of Superman’s lair.
That a single piece can spawn such variety of aesthetic interpretation testifies to its allure, and the sweet, sweet center at the heart of Thunderball’s interior only magnifies (so to speak) the attraction. Like the proverbial ball of delicious goo at the center of a Tootsie Pop, or the luminescent heart that beats within all well-meaning aliens, Hutten’s Thunderball flowers open to reveal the source of all its power—there, a single glassy filament reflecting back its own singular (de)construction.