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by Yury Gitman
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  • the story

Keep The Fire Burning

Go ahead, play with fire! This palm-sized fireplace encourages you to have fun with faux flames. At home on your desktop, dorm room, or any ledge needing a pick-me-up, its LED-powered design is meant to lighten up any space. A credit card-sized plastic facade pulses three, deep orange lights that simulate the look of crackling fire (with a little help from a friendly 9 Volt.) And with its glow-in-the-dark veneer, it's full of bright ideas. Now that's enlightened architecture!

Designed in New York by artist Yury Gitman. Made in China.

Click here to see it glowing and the back.

Click here to view a video of the fireplace in action!

  • details
Item ID
19211
Made from
copper, metal, tin, electrical components, silicone
Measurements
2.2" H x 3.2" W x 2" L
Notes
Ages 14 and up.
WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


Do not immerse in water, or lick. 9V battery included.
  • the maker

Yury Gitman

Yury Gitman is a designer, inventor, and award-winning artist. He's a Adjunct Professor at The Parsons New School for Design where he teaches Interactive Toy Design and advanced concepts in digital design.

Yury has exhibited at the Biennale of Electronic Arts in Perth Australia; at the Isle de France in Paris; at Ars Electronics in Austria; and at Eyebeam, among others, in New York.

He remains one of the first people to use the Internet from inside the New York subway. He did this by employing a network of his Magicbikes ("wireless bicycle hotspots").

He was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Net Vision in 2003, one of Europe's highest recognition for electronic arts. In 2005 Yury opened Banana Design Lab, a product design company focusing on lifestyle designs to entertain the soul.

He received a Masters degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Culture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has worked with non-profits such as NYCWireless, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Downtown Alliance to promote open Internet policy and New Media Art practice in New York.

Yury's work has featured in local, national, and international media including BBC, New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, New York 1 TV, Tech TV, CNET, ID Magazine, Readymade, Village Voice, Bust magazine, Adbusters, Utne reader and a range of other outlets.

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FLICKERING SIMULACRA
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Artistic design (3)
  • Convenient on/off (3)

Cons

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5.0

The Best!~

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from West Hartford, CT

About Me Bargain Hunter, Practical, Stylish

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Pros

  • Artistic Design
  • Convenient On/Off

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Bedside
  • Cozy
  • Dark Corners
  • Decoration

Comments about FLICKERING SIMULACRA:

This was HANDS DOWN my brother's favorite Christmas gift! He loves anything that simulates a cozy fire, and has plans to put velcro on the bottom, so he can mount it in different places.

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5.0

Great

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from Minnesota

About Me Bargain Hunter, Practical

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Pros

  • Artistic Design
  • Convenient On/Off

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedside
    • Decoration

    Comments about FLICKERING SIMULACRA:

    I got this as a gift for my friend who loves [@] and she's a huge fan! Such a great, non-traditional gift idea.

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    4.0

    too cute

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    from denver, co

    About Me Collector of the unusual

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    Pros

    • Artistic Design
    • Convenient On/Off
    • Silly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Conversation starter

      Comments about FLICKERING SIMULACRA:

      great gift for college-age dorm room

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