In one of the last posts of 2014 here on upcycleDZINE I’m showing you a design I’m very excited about. I saw it last week for the first time on one of my searches for upcycle design. I was looking around on tomtinc.com by Rodney Allen Trice. He also created a table made out of crutches. And now he created this unique and in my opinion beautifully stunning design called Kenmore Arch Lamp.
Vacuum cleaner transformed into lamp
This upcycle design piece was created out of an old Kenmore vacuum cleaner. He took the vacuum cleaner apart and made a fantastic looking arch out of plywood. There has been another design collection on this blog that used vacuum cleaners and that is NILFISK Lamps by Genanvendt. Great lamps that I really like, but the approach Rodney took on his design is completely different.
Rodney founded T.O.M.T.™ in 1994 and is based in Brooklyn | New York. Recovering discarded objects and giving them a second life by reassigning the purpose is what T.O.M.T.™ is all about. “The key to saving these forgotten objects is just keeping our eyes open and being open and ready to spot what we like to call ‘objects of desire’ – old appliances, tires, whatever!”
T.O.M.T.™ is dedicated to object recovery and reassignment on ‘God’s Green Earth’. “That’s why we’re here, and as we grow, it continues to be an interesting journey! Though recycling seems to be the obvious mission, we prefer the term ‘refitting‘. Our process is more ‘object career counseling’ than waste-handling. Simplicity is paramount, and integrity to both mid-century modern aesthetics and the original object’s first identity a must.”
Photos © T.O.M.T.™
On the website of T.O.M.T.™ it says that his awareness of our need to conserve the Earth’s resources has grown significantly since his endeavor began more then 12 years ago. As has his concern for a future where no one will be insulated from the need to make the most of the objects around us.
“I believe we all must do our part, think beyond just separating plastic, paper, glass,” says Trice. “We must teach ourselves and learn as habit to see more than just a ‘rain shield’ in an umbrella, a ‘dust collector’ in a vacuum and a ‘shoe for our car’ in an old tire. When we do that, the Earth will become a safer place for the children of the 21st century and, from my experience, A LOT MORE FUN, TOO!”