Design: Ithemba light bulbs

In 2003 two South African designers, Cyrille Varet and Scott Hart, started to ask well known fashion designers and artists to design light bulbs. And since then more than 60 of the best know artist in the world have joint their efforts to support women affected by AIDS. The list includes Fashion designers like John Galliano, JC de Castelbajac, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Calvin Klein and many others (full list below). The light bulbs are hand-made in South Africa by women living in townships closed to Cape Town.

Available through an international network of shops and in major department stores or online at ithemba for about EUR 20 to 30. For each light bulb purchased a donation of 5 EUR is provided to the association in South Africa.


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link to Itemba catalog










Light bulbs show above by: Agnes B, Calvin Klein, Anne Valerie Hash, Jean Paul Knott, Pierre Cardin, Thierry Mugler, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci, Philippe Stark, Enki Bilal, Elvis Pompilio, Stoned Cherrie, Mario Queiroz, Peter Løchstøer, Jean Claude Jitrois, Vivienne Westwood, Maurizio Galante (2x), Alexandre Matthieu, Cacharel, Martine Sitbon, Antoine Giacomoni (2x), M. & F. Girbaud, Stella Cadente, JC de Castelbajac, Lolita Lempicka, Maurizio Galante, Xuly Bët, John Galliano


More information at:ithemba and
Designing Hope.

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  1. Zach Says:

    These light bulbs are gorgeous! Can you get them shipped to America?