A new take on "mood lighting" from designer Piet Houtenbos. These clever refillable hand grenade oil lamps are made from actual US army surplus grenades and gilded in gold or silver, or left with their natural finish. They come in the three common grenade shapes; Pineapple, Ball, and Lemon. Filled with oil, the candle burns for about 24 continuous hours. They are sealed on the bottom with a genuine US quarter. The Oil lamps were originally designed in 1997 and are sold throughout the world.
These conversation starters have generated both praise and controversy in a time of political unrest. "Grenades are just designed to blow up into a million pieces. Here we have a case where the pure function of an object leads to something beautiful.... these simple shapes come with baggage... people will attach emotions to them but in the end it's just a shape, a container, just like the letter A". In actuality, these grenades were never intended for use in combat, but rather for military practice. The Military calls them "Dummy Grenades", they are identical to the real ones but have a hole on the bottom to give a training soldier a quick way to see and feel that the grenade they are using is an empty, inert shell for practice. They are the real grenades harmless twin brother.