Bioluminescent waves are one of nature’s most extraordinary sights. Oxygen mixes with water, compounds inside aquatic bacteria begin to glow, and the ocean ignites with an otherworldly glow. Design Academy Eindhoven graduate student Teresa van Dongen wondered if she could harness the effect for a home lighting fixture, which led her to create Ambio, a lamp that glows with bioluminescent bacteria.

For a while now I have been doing research into new forms of light and energy. Ambio is a visualization of where I stand in this ongoing research, I want to hint at how we can use nature as a source of energy in daily life.