9 Unusual Objects Recycled into Lighting

A small restaurant project I’m working on right now has me thinking a lot about using found objects as lighting fixtures.  It’s is a wonderful, inexpensive, and very sustainable way to add whimsy and uniqueness to a space.  I thought I’d share a few of the really cool fixtures I’ve run across as I’m doing my research…

Globes have the unfortunate habit of becoming inaccurate very quickly, what with the constant shifting of borders and changing of names, so I imagine there are a great many out of date, illuminated globes out there just waiting to be turned into something as gorgeous as Benoit Vieubled’s “terre à l’endroit, terre à l’envers“.

To think that a simple flan pan and a teapot could be brought together to create the sweet “Jasmine” lamp, by French design company Garbage.

I love old wooden coathangers, so it’s no surprise that I think this chandelier constructed of coathangers and a bicycle rim is pretty cool.

This Jello mold pendant lamp by Etsy seller BootsnGus looks so perfect, you almost have to wonder if the Tupperware company didn’t know that someday it would become a pendant light.

These wonderfully whimsical bundt pan sconces are also from BootsnGus.

This shimmering ball of reflected light is made of over 4500 prescription spectacle lenses.  Created by British designer Stuart Haygarth, it is one of many stunning chandeliers he has made from found objects.

Here is a great example of upcycled trash into lighting, by designer Anneke Jakobs.  Here she has taken the logo on a cardboard box of bananas, something most of us would hardly even notice, and through the power of construction and repetition, turned it into something of surprising elegance.

I love the contrast between the classical shape of this chandelier and the heavy, industrial feel of the bicycle chains used in place of crystals.

And last, but by no means least, we have this wonderfully simple yet effective re-use for an industrial whisk.  I think this may be the perfect idea for the restaurant project, don’t you?  Best yet, Sweet Paul Magazine has the how-to right here.

So, have you seen any unusual objects turned into lighting?  Feel free to post links to your finds in the comments below.

4 Responses to “9 Unusual Objects Recycled into Lighting”

  1. Caitlin Walsh Says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing! There is something so nostalgic about found objects, re-purposed…

  2. delilah Says:

    this is AWESOME-love everything!! work it Rachel!!

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  4. Jeff Risinger Says:

    This is an amazing collection! We are so honored to be featured here among all of this great work. I am personally in love with the Globe and Bicycle chain chandelier!!!! They are so inspiring and exactly the creative juices I need to think up more unusual ideas!

    My special thanks to the curator of this blog!

    B&G =^..^=

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