Warm bread works on many levels: smell, feel, taste, sight. But the pleasure is over far too quickly.
Luckily there is a product that can continue to illuminate those memories, and will have bread-lovers clambering to redecorate.
Pampshade.(Pan means bread in French + lampshade = Pampshade) entered the market last year after almost a decade of trial and error.
The lights are made from real bread and created by Japanese artist Yukiko Morita, who said that she felt bread had potential beyond food.
“When I was working in a bakery, I could not bear to see the bread that was scrapped,” Ms Morita said.
“From such a thought, we are making things that rediscover the appeal of bread with the theme of ‘I like breads more’.
Ms Morita graduated from Kyoto City University of Art in 2008, majoring in wood cut prints. It was the way each print was different that inspired her to translate that observation to bread, a medium she said she finds “always inspiring.
“There are times when I think that bread has the power to remember warmth and gentleness besides the charm as food. I want to convey the new value of such bread through the Pampshade"
Just as every loaf of bread has its unique elements, so does each Pampshade.
The bread is baked, hollowed out, coated in resin, and then the electricals are added.
Preventative treatment and mildew proofing ensure it will not go mouldy.
The first Pampshade was brought to market in 2016 supported by crowdfunding.
The boule, batard and baguette are all run on a 240 volt socket shape A (which means you would need to adapt it to use in Australia), while the petit boule, coupe, croissant and shampignon all run on a AA battery.
Prices range from 59 euro for the petit boules through to 159 euro for the baguette.