DIY: upcycle bicycle rims into Boole pendant light by Relevé Design – upcycleDZINE
For those who also followed upcycleDZINE, might know Relevé Design. I’ve featured the 96 LOTUS pendant light, designed by Bao-Khang Luu, founder of Relevé Design. A pendant that’s part of a unique series of pendants made from six-pack rings. And last week I came across another great stylish design, the ‘Boole‘ pendant light. This time Bao used bicycle rims and as you may know by now, another great upcycle object. The origin of this pendant is a whole other story.

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Bicycle rim light inspired by a classic

It started with Andrew Wagner, the director of, and Jen Turner, an architect and designer, who were inspired by the The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum’s show ‘Found’. They designed a Noguchi style pendant lamp from bicycle rims and used two abandoned bicycle wheels. One slightly larger than the other, to create a hanging lamp reminiscent of Isamu Noguchi’s classic Akari pendant lights. Here you can see how they did it.
DIY: upcycle bicycle rims into Boole pendant light by Relevé Design – upcycleDZINE
Photo © Relevé Design

Bao-Khang Luu was invited to a ‘Trash to Treasure’ workshop by Andrew Wagner and Jen Turner. He noticed that the system to make the pendant was so versatile that he couldn’t help himself making a modified version. He named his upcycle design ‘Boole’ pendant light after the creator of string geometry, Mary Boole.
I can only say that these bicycle rim designs are fantastic additions to the list of upcycle designs made by using rims. And I can’t wait to run to one of the local bicycle stores to ask them for some discarded rims.

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