waterballon_02_satoshi_asakawa-600x400photos by Satoshi Asakawa

Water and electricity: two elements that are never supposed to mix. Which is perhaps why this piece is so stunning. Taking their cue from the way water balloons inflate under a faucet, Torafu Architects (previously) have created a gorgeous light bulb accurately titled “water balloon.” The glass bulb is back-lit from an LED light source, which is then scattered and diffused by the air bubbles in the glass. The bulb itself is made from recycled florescent light bulbs.

The water balloon light bulb was a result of 9lass, a project which pairs artisanal glass makers with creative designers. The products were put on display during the IFFT trade show in Tokyo last month.