Lighting can be divided into several groups like table lamps, pendant lamps, chandeliers, wall lamps and floor lamps. And the latter group isn’t a big one here on upcycleDZINE. If you compare it with for instance chandeliers or pendants it’s a rather small group. So I’m glad to add another upcycle design piece to the floor lamp section.
Crocheted electricity wires play with light
The upcycle creation in this post is called Lichtmasche and is a design by communication designer Agnesa Vavrinova, based in Los Angeles | United States. She got her Bachelor in Design and Art at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano | Italy with a Major in Design.
Agnesa made the structure by bending a 6 meter long metal rod into a cone form. Lichtmasche consists of 3 main parts: the structure, the light bulb with a cable and the lampshade. The metal structure provides 3 footholds to ensure stability. The lampshade itself is made out of discarded, strong colourful wires that can be found inside power cords.
“According to the functional concept, discovering secondary qualities of a chosen material, the properties of these
easy-to-get electricity wires allowed me to create a net-like structure made by using the technique of crocheting.”
Because the lampshade is crocheted, this results in a repeating regular pattern which is very strong. And besides being strong it also holds together and is flexible. Another nice aspect of using crocheting is that it produced a transparent surface which lets light shine through the stitches in a very playful way.
Photos © Agnesa Vavrinova
Agnesa used two complimentary colours, orange and blue. Lichtmasche is customisable in respect to the temperature/character of the light. The cable that’s connected to the lightbulb can be adjusted so that the lightbulb hangs in the bottom [blue] or upper [orange] half of the lamp. This results in a warmer light when it’s positioned in the upper and colder light when it’s positioned in the bottom half.
I’m always charmed by lamp designs that let you play with light/shadows. Together with this aspect and the crocheted lampshade, it is fun to see material like discarded electricity wires turned into an object that has a relation with electricity without using its original function.