In another post, I’ve written that upcycle design could be described as ‘an experience that is enjoyable because it evokes a feeling of recognition’ [Wikipedia]. Just discovering that a piece of upcycle design is created out of an everyday object or material is so often a happy experience. And it’s even more intriguing if it’s something you wouldn’t have expected to be used for upcycling like a propane/gas tank.
Upcycled gas tank as a reminder of lighting evolution
Two fantastic and fun examples of upcycled gas tanks are designed by junction studio and Redolab. They both show a creative new function given to a sturdy object like a gas tank.
Another impressive upcycle design is a creation called L’ALLUMEUSE by Canadian company LA FIRME, based in Montréal.
‘L’Allumeuse’ is French for ‘the Teaser’ and is one of those simple, minimal, and intriguing designs that will stay with you for a long time. When I saw this lamp for the first time I just looked at the design and saw a top of a gas tank and a stick hanging underneath it.
The fun aspect of this lamp is the relationship, or contrast, between the stick and the top of the lamp. To be more precise, a matchstick and a BBQ gas tank. That’s quite an ‘explosive’ combination. The giant matchstick is the on/off switch.
“In addition to its iconic design, the Gas Lamp is a vivid reminder of the evolution of lighting and of our relationship with fuels.”
Photos © Marie-Élaine Benoit & Jonathan Nicol
LA FIRME was born out of the encounter between artists, designers, and general contractors for whom technical sophistication and aesthetics are the key ingredients of a successful project. “We believe that the quality of an interior lies in the integration and coherence of the overall elements that revolve around it: from energy efficiency through colorways to furniture, materials, lighting, mechanical engineering, and ergonomics.”
Design by La Firme
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