repurposed lighting

05
OCT
2018
Co-founders-of-Elvis-&-Kresse-at-home

INTERVIEW: Inside the renovated mill and home of Elvis & Kresse

In 2005, Kresse Wesling and James Henrit launched Elvis & Kresse*. A certified B Corporation, their sustainable luxury line of bags and accessories is made from genuine de-commissioned British fire brigade hoses that would otherwise be destined for landfill. They have now... Read More →
18
JAN
2018
Clock made from upcycled bicycle wheel

Art and design made from used bicycle parts

When used bicycle parts get a second life as something beautiful, the term ‘upcycling’ couldn’t be more apt. Although an advocate of all things eco, I am one of the few Londoners that doesn’t do cycling – in fact, you couldn’t pay me to get on a Boris Bike. But... Read More →
25
NOV
2017
Tree of Glass by Lee Broom

5 of the best zero waste Christmas trees

I used to believe that Christmas just isn’t Christmas, without a real tree. There’s just too much nostalgia associated with that familiar pine scent. But our obsession with having a real tree, is costing us. In 2014, it was estimated that 160,000 tonnes of Christmas... Read More →
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 →
09
FEB
2017
Manoteca book cover

Manoteca book features fantastic furniture by Elisa Cavani

I first came across the work of Elisa Cavani, whilst doing research for my book Upcyclist. Hailing from Bologna, Italy, Elisa makes whimsical lighting, desks and furniture pieces made from found objects, all of which can only be described as the epitome of one-of-a-kindness. Now... 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 →
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 →
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 →
02
MAR
2015
upcyclist book antonia edwards

Upcyclist book out now!

After months of anticipation, Upcyclist’s first book ‘Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture Lighting and Interiors‘ is finally hot off the press and released in the UK today! Together with Prestel Publishing and the extremely talented designer Paul Sloman of... Read More →
19
MAY
2014

Upcycled homeware by Nanawo

Nanawo are a Polish design trio who specialise in upcycling waste objects into household goods. As well as working to commission they have a series of products available to buy on their website including food storage tins made from titanium damper pipe covers, childrens’... 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 →
28
AUG
2013

Bic biro chandeliers by Lucas Munoz

Proving humble objects have more to offer than first meets the eye, these lights and chandeliers are all made from Bic biro pens.  The Spanish designer Lucas Munoz took his inspiration from the 1920’s Charleston fringe and combined it with an iconic 20th-century object... Read More →
27
JUN
2013

Lighting made from upcycled tin cans for Helsinki diner

Back in 2011 we featured the Heinz Lamp by Dutch designer Willem Heefer.  The designer has now produced a series of lamps for the Midhill Diner in Helsinki which belongs to top Finnish chef Hans Välimäki.  Heefer had 334 cans collected and cleaned before transforming them into... 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 →
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 →
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 →
30
OCT
2012

Upcycled interior for Italy restaurant Oh! Fico, ma Eco

Welcome to the fantastically designed Oh! Fico, ma eco (meaning “Oh! Cool but green”), a bar-restaurant created by Andrea Minoni Gino Forti in Brescia, Italy. Their number one goal is that everything is local, starting with the decor designed by Debora Pace and Elisa... Read More →
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 →
11
OCT
2012

Cloud art installation made from lightbulbs

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive installation by Caitlind Brown for Nuit Blanche Calgary. The project was made using more than 5000 illuminated and burnt out light bulbs.  Viewers were invited to participate in the installation by standing underneath and pulling the metal... Read More →
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 →
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 →