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very quickly, what with the constant shifting of borders and changing of names, so I imagine there are a great many out of date, illuminated globes out there just waiting to be turned into something as gorgeous as Benoit Vieubled’s “terre à l’endroit, terre à l’envers“.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