Ultimate upcycle design is design that only uses discarded materials and objects. I don’t think you can make better eco-friendly design than that. But does that mean that other upcycle design isn’t eco-friendly? No, as long as design is made by using discarded items it can be seen as eco friendly. Because one uses items that would otherwise be thrown away. Result in either case is a smaller waste pile. And that’s what it’s all about in contributing to sustainability. We should all promote a sustainable and healthy world. And when I say all, I mean businesses, consumers, designers and governments alike.
Having said that I want to show a design that is made from a discarded object in combination with other objects and materials. Let me introduce the ‘REWASHLAMP‘ by Portuguese freelance graphic designer Tó Martins.
Martins: “This design product is born with an original form, but it’s through the exploitation of new processes and joint ventures, that emerges a perfect union between the design and functionality, transforming these objects into unique decorative elements.”
Martins came across old washing machine drums and thought of a way to make lamps out of them. The drum, which is the central decorative piece, is connected with a photographer tripod. This combination shows a nice design and generates great functionality in setting the hight of the lamp. All the fabrics used are synthetic and the product comes with an energy saving light bulb.
“The production process is 100% manual, giving these pieces the characteristic of being totally customized and exclusive. Giving this process, the pieces are made in limited quantities.”
So far, he’s made them with fake grass, cork, measuring tapes, steel roses and tons of other materials. The available varieties in the lampshades are named piedecoq, redstars, camouflage, purplemisc, corkupine, blackswan, and green grass among others.
Do take a look at the ‘See more photos‘ link to see all these fantastic variations.
Photos © Tó Martins