What a joy for the eye it is to see these exuberant filled lamps. A few years ago I saw one of these lamps and was amazed by the amount of detail and shapes that were involved in the design. After seeing the lamp I always wondered who made it. And lucky me, and you readers of course, I stumbled upon another upcycle design lamp that reminded me of the lamp I had seen before. This time I could find out who was the designer of these beautiful and colored lamps. They are designed and made by Madeleine Boulesteix, based in London.
Madeleine has always loved making things since she was a child. She went to Art School to explore drawing, sculpture, photography print and textiles and later found her happiest way of working – making the chandeliers – quite by accident after finding some chandelier glass. She has always worked in the creative field whether as a photographer, theatre prop maker or teacher before working on the chandeliers full-time.
Chandeliers show an abundance of objects
“I was delighted to discover that people liked them and wanted to buy them, this enabled me to continue two favoured activities of collecting and constructing. It was never just about producing a product, I enjoy that I can blend making art that tickles people, pursue an ecological working practise and support charities all at once.” Reusing has always been part of her lifestyle, from the post-war thrift inherited from her parent’s generation through the very influential punk movement to the ecological concerns of today.
These chandeliers show such an abundance of objects such as cutlery, rusty and tarnished metals, beads, pearl, chunky old glass oblong drops. Just keep looking at a lamp and you’ll discover more and more objects involved shaping the design.
Photos © Madeleine Boulesteix
The first time you see these lamps you might think they’re a happy mess. But when you look closely it becomes apparent that they are made with so much love. Otherwise one wouldn’t take time and have enough inspiration to combine all the incredible vintage and discarded objects and pieces. These chandeliers are a real eye-catcher and brighten up every room.