Russia based Yar Rassadin is a product designer who works on projects which range from lamps, Mp3 players, USB flash drives to salt and pepper shakers. In doing so, he tries to discover new meanings in ordinary objects.

His project, TIN lamp for Triode Design in Paris is a contemporary art object which reverses the roles of the light bulb and lamp shade. TIN sands for ‘Torshier In Lamp’, in which you find that the light bulb has become the lamp, with the lampshade housed within acting as the ‘bulb’.

Rassadin’s ‘Pantone Matryoshka’ nesting dolls are a contemporary twist on the traditional art form. They draw from the pantone color matching system, gradating in color – most vibrant to lightest – in relation to their size. He has also designed the ‘Ninja Matryoshka’ which is based on the belief that the nesting doll arrived in Russia via Japanese souvenir dolls in 1890 and is represented as a solid black Matryoshka.


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