Doesn’t this look like something you’d see in an alien’s house? It is in fact real, and is a lamp design by Patrick Jouin for MGX, a group that does lighting via 3D printing techniques. We’ve posted a few times about Shapeways, which does fabrication of submitted 3D models, but these are designer.
I think it really does open up like that, but I can’t imagine the tiny mechanisms involved. I’d love to have one of these as a variable light source in my living room.