One of my hobbies is playing tennis. During the outdoor season I try to play two or three times a week. Best is to play with new balls. They will last for a couple of weeks and then they start to lose pressure and therefore bounce less. Luckily I can throw them in a special recycle bin for collecting tennis balls. Ever thought about how many of these yellow balls are thrown away? Well to give you an idea: 125 million tennis balls enter US landfills annually [Retour Tennis]. As a person who likes to upcycle things I’ve had some tries at designing a lamp made out of these very sturdy balls. But till now I haven’t succeeded.
I’m telling you this because some sports produce quite some waste products that you wouldn’t think of, like these tennis balls. Another sport product ending up in a waste bin is a shuttlecock used for playing badminton. After a tournament or during practice and competition, quite some feather shuttlecocks are damaged in such a way that they aren’t suitable for playing badminton. But, looking at a design I stumbled across, they are still good enough to be upcycled in a wonderful way.
Shuttlecock filters light
Some time ago I saw a stunning and stylish chandelier made out of these feathery objects. And a few weeks ago I was contacted through Facebook by Gary Sanders showing me some designs he created. And looking at them I was very pleasantly surprised to see that beautiful chandelier along with a table lamp using the same discarded product, a shuttlecock.
Gary Sanders is an English designer living in Vienna | Austria. He found a way to upcycle shuttlecocks into a chandelier called ‘Flora‘ and a table lamp called ‘Florence‘. One of the attractive aspects of using shuttlecocks for lighting design is the very friendly way light gets filtered.
“My furniture, which is partly or entirely constructed from discarded materials, shows that with a little imagination, waste can be given a new form and function. Being somewhat overwhelmed with boundless ideas, I often let the objects or materials work for me, depicting through their form, surface or size, a vision of what they are to become.”
Photos © Gary Sanders
Gary Sanders: “My work focuses on two aspects of modern life of which I believe demoralise and hinder the evolution of mankind, namely the thoughtless dissipation of the world’s resources and a lack of consideration towards other beings.”