Searching for new upcycle design pieces is truly exhilarating. It broadens your perspective of looking at waste and design. And it shows how ‘fun’ can be incorporated into design. And it makes the question why upcycle design isn’t more mainstream increasingly relevant. It’s a slow process, but upcycling is gradually becoming recognized as being of great importance to sustainable design and dealing with waste.
And in today’s post I’m glad I to show you why searching for new upcycle design pieces is so exciting. It can be because of the form of the design and sometimes it’s because of the object used.
A different look at knitting
And the objects used for upcycling in the design you’re seeing here immediately put a smile on my face. The upcycle design desk lamp is called ‘Welcome Mamy‘ and is created by Martin Lévêque, based in Brussels | Belgium. The idea was to give a second life to knitting needles ‘Mamy‘ [French for granny] by upcycling them into a very original and friendly looking lamp. It shows a completely different look at knitting.
The desk lamp has a metal standard structure in all models, designed to be manufactured in small series. The needles are recovered with some of them having scratches and marks thereby ensuring that every desk lamp is unique. Welcome Mamy is available in two sizes: Large 397×200 mm and Small 302×162 mm.
This is the second version of the Welcome Mamy lamp. The first one was designed by M&M designers, a collaboration between Mathieu Maingourd and Martin Lévêque.
“This shade, inspired by the ancient frieze lamps, plays with light and colors creating a play of shadows into a circular wire.”
Photos © Martin Lévêque
Martin has a multidisciplinary approach to his designs and likes to play and explore the limits of design. His projects are part of that approach, ‘including environmental and social aspects, moving towards an aesthetic simplicity of the implementation and lifecycle’.
This very friendly upcycle design desk lamp has a nice bonus, it tells a great story. It shows an object, knitting needle, that lots of kids wouldn’t recognize anymore.