Lighting

30
NOV
2019
Nude fringed lampshade

Interview: Upcycled vintage lampshades by textile designer Heather Orr

After graduating in Constructed Textiles from the Royal College of Art, Folkestone-based textile designer Heather Orr forged a collaboration with fashion designer and fellow RCA graduate Jane Bowler. Their bold collections gained a celebrity following – worn by the likes of... Read More →
14
FEB
2019
Portrait of Sachie Muramatsu

INTERVIEW: Paper flower lamps by Sachie Muramatsu

Sachie Muramatsu lives in the Japanese city of Sakura, located in Chiba Prefecture. After graduating from Kuwasawa Design School, she took an apprenticeship at a studio specialising in ‘Kaga Yuzen’, the traditional art of hand painting silk for Kimonos. It was through... Read More →
01
DEC
2017
Naomi Paul

INTERVIEW: Contemporary crocheted pendant lights by Naomi Paul

It’s somewhat ironic that the seed of Naomi Paul‘s beautiful lighting brand began with a uni project that involved deliberately making something ‘badly’. Fast forward to today and her contemporary pendant lights have caught the attention of commercial and... Read More →
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08
SEP
2017
Lights made from repurposed crystal bowls

Lighting made from repurposed glass objects

Lighting in the 21st-century can be made from all kinds of repurposed ephemera – and not just glass mason jars. From spectacles to drinking vessels, these works by expert designers show how a resource we have in abundance – ordinary glass objects, can be transformed... Read More →
07
FEB
2017
Cypisek lampshade made of paper pulp by Crea-re

12 stunning examples of eco chic lighting made from paper

Lighting is probably the most fun element of home design. Sure, you have to get through the tedious part of working out where all your electrics are going, but when it comes to choosing the fittings, that’s when you can begin to experiment and characterise your space. As... Read More →
20
JAN
2016
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Lumiere London 2016

Last weekend, the chilly capital was aglow with dazzling light installations, projections and sculptures by various artists for 2016’s Lumiere festival by Artichoke. Among the 30 installations at Lumiere London was a piece called Litre of Light by Mick Stephenson, located... Read More →
14
DEC
2015
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Paper Mache City Lights by Paper Moon Factory

We had to single out these beautiful pendant lights by Paper Moon Factory as the ultimate accessory for making a home feel cosy this winter. The lamps are from the City Lights Series and are made from recycled paper pulp, coated in chalk paint. Dutch artist Marion Westerman is... Read More →
25
SEP
2015

Prairie King by Stuart Haygarth

Stuart Haygarth was one of the first artists we featured on Upcyclist, along with his reconfigured collections of found objects, transformed into stunning chandeliers. A more recent piece from 2014 is Prairie King, which is based on a body of work inspired by the concept of play.... Read More →
19
AUG
2015
Herrwolke Telebeute

Lamps made from upcycled cardboard by Herrwolke

Telebeute Lichtobjekte is a beautiful 50cm telescope shaped wall lamp made from upcycled cardboard. The light is designed by Michael Konstantin Wolke of Berlin atelier Herrwolke and follows in the footsteps of his Beute series of pendant lamps, also made from strips of used... Read More →
05
APR
2015
Multiplasticas lighting sculpture made from upcycled plastic trash by Brunno Jahara

Lamps made from litter by Brunno Jahara

These intriguing functional works of art are made from litter collected by the National Recycling Group in São Paulo, Brazil. Brunno Jahara is the talent behind the vividly coloured lamps and vessels which he produced in 2012. His aim was to draw attention to the amount of... Read More →
09
JUN
2014

Lighting made from reblown glass bottles by Studio Swine

The São Paulo Collection by Studio Swine is a range of lighting and furniture inspired by the Brazilian tropical modernism of the 1950s. They have created bottle bulbs for the lighting pieces which are made from beverage bottles that have been heated and re-blown into an eclectic... Read More →
25
MAR
2014

Chandelier made from champagne corks by Alkesh Parmar

The Celebration Chandelier by British designer/artist Alkesh Parmar is made from hollowed out champagne corks collected from local champagne bars. The clusters of corks are fitted with LED lights and each chandelier is custom made to suit each individual space.  Images via Junk... Read More →
06
JAN
2014

Lampshades made from x-rays

This lampshade made from x-ray film was a school assignment by Swedish graphic designer Sture Pallarp in collaboration with Elin Hedlund and Emmelie Karlström.  Taking x-ray sheets that would otherwise be thrown away, the design plays with the concept of viewing anatomical data... Read More →
20
NOV
2013

Light installations made from waste at the Lumiere Festival

Last week the incredible Lumiere Festival lit up the city of Durham, UK.  The festival showcased stunning light installations by artists from all over the world. One of the works on show was Litre of Light by My Shelter Foundation, a Filipino charity that has brought light to... Read More →
18
SEP
2013
Degross for Heal's Upcycled Lighting

Lighting at Heal’s made from upcycled chemical bottles

Great to see more upcycled pieces appearing at Heal’s.  This new cut glass lighting collection by DeGross for Heal’s is British made, crafted from upcycled amber glass chemical bottles and finished with brass fitting.  As well as a table lamp, wall lamp, floor lamp... Read More →
11
JUN
2013

Lighting made from jars filled with broken glass

Jars used as light fittings are a common sight in cafes and restaurants these days.  Here however, you have two lots of upcycling going on with the Broken Glass Jar light by Polish design studio Wzorowo which contains shards of broken glass.  An extremely simple but effective... Read More →
30
MAY
2013

Vintage fabric lampshades by BeauVamp

A great way to add a pop of colour to your interior.  There is something very modern day Gatsby meets Alice and Wonderland about these fabulous lampshades by BeauVamp.  The company uses a mix of vintage and designer fabrics to make one of limited editions – commissions... Read More →
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15
MAY
2013

Wood pallet lamps by Factory Twenty One

These superb pendant lights are made from recycled wooden pallets by East Sussex based company Factory Twenty One.  There are five different shade colours and six different elastic colours to choose from.  Purchase on Etsy here! Images via Etsy zp8497586rq Read More →
07
MAY
2013

Lampshades decoupaged with vintage papers

Loving these beautiful lampshades by Australian upcyclist Rachel Burke and founder of Patturn.  She uses decoupage to apply vintage maps, dress patterns, sheet music and comic book pages to the shades which are made to order or available to buy here on Etsy! Images via Patturn... Read More →
17
APR
2013

Lighting made from found objects by Louis-Marie Planquette

These whimsical lights by French designer Louis-Marie Planquette are made from objects found in flea markets and antique shops, “…created from recycled objects‚ in an atmosphere of simplicity‚ humour‚ poetry and balance.”  His works are inspired by... Read More →
26
FEB
2013

Lampshades made from recycled yarn

“Ose” is French for “dare”.  Yorkshire based Helen Taylor hand knits her Ose lampshades from pure linen recycled yarn using recycled fibre and pure unbleached silk yarn.  “The yarns are spun by a small company also in Yorkshire.  My ethos is to... Read More →
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16
JAN
2013

Dress Lamps at Maison Moschino

These beautiful lamps made from dresses guard the front entrance at the spectacular hotel Maison Moschino in Milan. There are 65 rooms in the hotel each divided into 16 dreams.  The hotel was designed by Rossella Jardini in cooperation with Jo Ann Tan, see more examples of the... Read More →
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11
JAN
2013

Recycled bottle lights by John Meng

Chinese self-taught designer John Meng has made a series of recycled wine bottle lights. Each part is assembled by everyday craftsmen on the streets of Xiamen, taught by Meng. Above is Patriot lamp which resembles a message in a bottle. Also in the series is Lab lamp and In Light... Read More →
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04
DEC
2012

Industrial chic lighting made from repurposed copper tubing

For an interesting twist on decadent dining, check out this oil lamp candelabra by UK lighting designer Edward Hodgson Design – new for 2012.   It features two burners with oil chambers suspended beneath ceramic wick holders.  It’s made from Yorkshire joints and... Read More →
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24
OCT
2012

Art installation made of plastic bags by Robert Janson

With that scene from American Beauty immediately springing to mind, who would have thought the humble plastic bag could look so beautiful?  This is an  installation by Robert Janson, who uses plastic bags, light, heat and air to create something resembling a giant floating pink... Read More →
07
SEP
2012

Wood scraps lit with LEDS by Marco Stefanelli

Italian designer Marco Stefanelli removes fragments from sawmill scraps, tree branches and cement pieces and fills in the gaps with sculpted resin embedded with LEDs.  The Brecce Collection gives a second chance to ‘pieces that have reached their final step in the life... Read More →
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31
JUL
2012

Chandelier made from upcycled Coke bottles by Sarah Turner

Commissioned by Coca-Cola, UK artist Sarah Turner has created a series of chandeliers and a sculpture made from Coca-Cola bottles for the Olympics Centre in London.  Inspired by the Olympic rings, the statement lights comprise circular disks with rings of plastic bottles.  Each... Read More →
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26
MAY
2012

NUBE Lights made from plastic bags

At first glance it’s hard to decipher what the NUBE light is made from.  Their unique shape is actually achieved with recycled carrier bags.  Depending on size, each light is made from between 10 and 100 reclaimed bags.  Chorch is the Argentinian brand that makes them and... Read More →
03
APR
2012

Skeleton upcycled lampshades by Donna Walker

These fabulous Skeleton Lampshades are by British design Donna Walker.  She strips back the fabric from existing lampshades to reveal the original craftsmanship of the wire frames.  Other unique pieces in her collection include include Irony.  An ironing board, predominantly seen... Read More →
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27
MAR
2012

Chandeliers made from kitchen items by Madeleine Boulesteix

Inspired by the post-war thrift from her parents generation, Madeleine Boulesteix makes opulent chandeliers out of humble kitchen items.  Jelly moulds, teacups and spoons are cleverly assembled to make one of a kind light fittings that complement interiors both traditional and... Read More →
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17
FEB
2012

Beautiful light made from cookbook pages

Love this lamp by Hutch Studio.  It comprises 33 lampshade houses made from vintage 1950s cookbook pages. Image via Hutch Studio Read More →
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29
JAN
2012

Industrial lighting by Edward Hodgson Design

These slimline and elegant interior lights are by UK based Edward Hodgson Design.  They’re made from yorkshire joints and compression fittings combined with arcs formed from 8mm copper tubing.  A cold cathode tube emits soft clean light. The Arc collection includes a wall,... Read More →
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13
JUL
2011

Merveilleux

How beautiful are these? If anyone saw the teapot light that featured on this season’s Apprentice – I’m sure you’ll agree these are streets ahead.  These stunning upcycled lights are made from discarded pots, pans and kettles by French artist Gilles... Read More →
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08
JUL
2011

Heinz Lamp

Beanz Meanz Heinz, which also meanz the birth of an iconic lampshade.  The British classic has been immortalised by Willem Heeffer with pendant lampshades made from recycled industrial size cans.  Available to buy through Willem Heefer. Read More →
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04
JUL
2011

Fire Truck Lamp

Now here’s a talking point – this quirky and innovative idea comes from UK interiors stylist and creative talent Jasmine Orchard.  Check out her blog on Jasmine Orchard Styling to find out how she upcycled this toy fire truck into a funky table lamp. Image via Jasmine... Read More →
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10
JUN
2011

Planetarium: Recycled cardboard lights by Graypants

Seattle design company Graypants (as in, the trousers) make a whole host of great design products, always with local, responsible, sustainable production methods in mind. These Scraplights are made entirely from recycled cardboard boxes and come in variety of sizes and shapes.... Read More →
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06
JUN
2011

Float Light

Industrial Design student Mayang Anggraeni recently showcased a battery powered Float Light at the 2011 Pratt Student Show. The casing is made from the cap of a laundry detergent bottle and the top is a spout from a different brand of bottle. A waterproof LED tea light is... Read More →
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05
MAY
2011

Bright idea: Pendant light made from unwanted books

Lucy Norman, designer of ‘Light Reading’ has been voted one of ‘Kevin’s Green Heroes‘ by Kevin McCloud at Grand Designs Live this week.  More books are being printed every year and although many unwanted books are taken to charity shops, they mostly... Read More →
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29
APR
2011

Jam jar lights

Another wonderfully simple reuse idea. These charming jam jar lights from LampGoods are made from vintage jars – a perfect addition to the country cottage interior.  Buy them on Etsy now! Images via Etsy Read More →
17
APR
2011

Lampshade made from rulers by Rory Dobner

All you need for a bit of Back to School chic… Designer Rory Dobner has collected vintage rulers from the 1920s through to the 1970s and used them to create these fabulous lamp shades.  They’re available in three sizes and can be bought online at Roost Living. Image... Read More →
07
DEC
2010

Pendant lights made from coat hangers by Organelle Design

First, a look at Organelle Design, a small independent design studio based in New York and Vancouver. Amongst various design projects, they make organic inspired furniture and lighting such as the fabulous Hangelier light, pictured here. These form part of a series of pendant... Read More →