Some people say that ‘in the old days’ things used to be better. I’m not completely sure about that. But what I do know is that a lot of people love stuff from the old days. Vintage furniture and lamps, old machines and cars. And talking about these old cars with all their magnificent details and design, there were also muscle cars. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines muscle cars as ‘any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving’. According to WikipediA a 2-door car, rear wheel drive, would be fitted with a large V8 engine. The car was usually a family-style mid-size or full-size car designed for four or more passengers. These muscle cars were usually sold at an affordable price, muscle cars are intended for street use and occasional drag racing.
Muscle car engine part upcycled to show history
These cars are so popular not only for their power engine but also because of the beautifully designed parts of car and engine. And that engine is what today’s upcycle design is all about. In fact it’s shining a light on a very recognizable part of a that engine. The design is a floor lamp made out of a tripod and an American muscle car hood filter. This amazing and very stylish lighting piece was designed by Unibro Design. Founded by Daniyel Ferahyan and based in Dornbin | Austria. This car engine part is turned into a stunning lamp with its ufo like form and LED light shining inside as if it’s ready for takeoff.
I´ve started in 2014. I made some special desks and lamps for my friends. More and more people are interested to buy that stuff, so finally I rented a new location to start producing them in Dornbirn/Austria early March 2015. The idea was to upcycle things, but sometimes I have to use new items to customize as requested. Normally I would like to use only used parts. All products are handcrafted and unique. They have a riveted serial number on a dog tag.
Photos © Unibro Design
If you’re a fan of cars in general or muscle cars in specific then this will definitely want to check out all products on Unibro Design’s Facebook page.
This floor lamp is just another great example of the added value of upcycle design by using parts/objects that have a, sometimes almost forgotten, history.