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Los Angeles Times

Setting the Valentine Scene

“Poppy” by German designers Ulrich Beckert, Georg Soanca-Pollack and Peter Thammer, is a lamp that looks like a curvy piece of sculpture, with a mouth-blown glass shade, flexible hose and cloth-covered metal base.
When it’s turned on, the magic begins. Slowly, the reflector leaves open, turning the lamp into a flower within about 30 seconds.
“I love this lamps for its whimsy,” say Pia Deleon, co-owner of Plug on Melrose.” The metal on the petals is a bicarbon that is heat-activated. That’s why it blooms.”