I’m one of those people who likes a glass of wine. And I really do like chilled sparkling ones like Champagne or Prosecco. It’s a shame that I only tend to drink champagne [or Brut] when it’s a very, very special occasion, for instance like new years eve. What amazes me when I open a bottle of champagne is the cork that pops out. It’s so much bigger than you would expect it to be. In its own way it’s quite a remarkable object. But what could you do or make with that Champagne cork? Well of course, a chandelier!
Sparkling champagne corks
So here’s the CELEBRATION Chandelier by Alkesh Parmar, a London based british designer/artist:
“The chandeliers were created after I noticed the vast amounts of corks being thrown away daily from Champagne bars.”
The corks are hollowed out and outfitted with LED bulbs. The light is customized to various interiors including restaurants, bars and homes and can even be programmed. Each cork is hand crafted into individual lamps and grouped together to form a neutral and honest chandelier.
Alkesh Parmar creates lights by utilizing banal everyday objects, most of the time these objects are discarded after use. “The notion of recycling is an important part to my practice, however this is not my prime objective.” The central point of his study is light and the relationship it shares with the objects. He uses light to capture their aesthetic and to give them ‘soul’.
Photos & video © Alkesh Parmar