Puzzling Decor: Crazily Customizable Vintage Game Lamp

The 1980s brought us a lot of forgettable fads, but the Rubik’s Cube has stuck around throughout the years. The colorful plastic cubes that we all wasted so much time on have become iconic representations of an era. Designer Eric Paulz is bringing the 80s back in a way with his Rubik’s lamp.

The resin lamp is built just like a real Rubik’s cube with 26 small interlocking cubes. They all move around freely and can be arranged into a possible 43 quintillion different combinations. When lit, the colored version throws little squares of light all over the room; the clear version projects tons of different textures.

This geeky home accessory allows a huge degree of customization. In addition to the various combinations of colors, odd angles can create interesting light and shadow patterns on the walls. And if you get bored, you can always pick it up and run through those 43 quintillion combinations to see if you can beat the classic puzzle.

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