Regular visitors of upcycleDZINE may have noticed that a wine barrel is a very inspiring object to upcycle. After 3 to 5 vintages the barrel is ready to be discarded. And that’s when these beautiful and aged objects can be upcycled. upcycleDZINE has shown some unique upcycled barrels or parts of barrels such as the BARRIQUE project by San Patrignano, with designs like ‘Miss Mondola‘ by Angela Missoni and DOC by Marc Sadler. Another example is Vortex by Stil Novo Design that uses the characteristic steel loops.
Wine barrel rings hand-cut into patchwork
And here’s another wine barrel parts design that proves that steel loops don’t have to stay in a circle form. It’s an island or bar light called STUDIO TETRIS by Wine Country Craftsman, based in Paso Robles, CA | United States and founded by artist Michael Weiss.
The lamp is made from repurposed steel wine barrel rings. Dozens of rings are hand-cut and welded to create a patchwork rectangle that highlights the unique texture and patina of each ring. The result is a intriguing piece of upcycle design with a fantastic history. All those pieces of steel actually do think of the video game Tetris and are just waiting to fall into place.
“I love designing and building new and exciting things and constantly add new items to my shop. we are proud to be 100% green and made in the USA.”
Michael is committed to the environment and has a deep sense of stewardship toward the Earth. This started after traveling extensively, studying local culture, architecture, and design around the world.
Photos © Wine Country Craftsman
If you’re interested in upcycle design than Wine Country Craftsman is the place to be with an incredible collection of handcrafted furniture and lighting. All items are made out of locally sourced 60-100 year old retired grape vines and well-loved wine-soaked barrels from California’s premiere wine growing region.