During last month I showed you my first experiments made out of corrugated cardboard I had saved from old boxes. After posting amazing upcycled cardboard design on my blog upcycleDZINE, I wanted to give it a go myself. In my post about lampshade BoxHat I told you about finally finding a source for discarded cardboard, one of our local bicycle shops. They get new bikes delivered every week in big cardboard boxes. Among those boxes is one type of box made out of very sturdy 7 mm cardboard and has great prints on the outside that gives a unique touch to the final product.
Solid-looking cardboard pendant
Today I’m showing you a new upcycle design cardboard pendant lamp called ‘BoxApple‘, width 40 and height 40 cm, using that 7 mm cardboard.
Just like I did with lampshade BoxCrown, I designed it with the idea to make a DIY version, which should be easy to ship to the customer. People would be able to put all the parts together and assemble their lamp.
Like the previous designs this cardboard pendant is also still a prototype to see how my sketches would turn out. Main concept of BoxApple is to create a solid-looking lamp without being so.
The light source I used in this pendant is a LED Edison style light bulb. Great bulbs because they’re energy efficient and don’t get hot. This BoxApple prototype was entirely made by hand. No electrical machine was used. I used a fretsaw which is designed to make very fine and delicate cuts. Still this endproduct [prototype] shows rough edges, but it also shows the design I had in mind. If BoxApple would go in production it would also be treated with a fire retardant spray.
Still looking for the best and most affordable way to produce these 7 mm thick cardboard lighting designs. They’re beautiful and quite robust, but not easy to process using a laser cutter.
Photos © Gilbert de Rooij
Like I said last time, of course I could create this cardboard pendant using MDF [Medium-density fibreboard], very popular now, but that wouldn’t be upcycling. That’s why I’m still looking for another more successful way to create an upcycled cleaner cut version of this design. And until then I’m going to design and create several more prototype lighting design made out of discarded cardboard.
If someone has an idea on production, please share.
Design by Gilbert de Rooij | upcycleDZINE