Today’s upcycle design is all about ventilators/fans. In May there was a post about the ‘Vintage Fan Lamp‘ by DanCordero. A stylish design piece. This time it’s a totally different fan that was used to create an upcyle design lamp called ‘Lamp Fan’ by Sep Verboom. He’s a Belgian product designer and the person behind ‘Fantasized – design for impact‘. This initiative is part of Howest, University College West Flanders.
“For my graduation project I got the chance to meet up with Hon. Ma. Nida C. Cabrera, councilor and social environmentalist from Cebu City, Philippines. As a well-respected politician responsible for recycling programs she challenged me to create a new recycled product out of local waste.”
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For 5 months he lived, ate and worked with the local people, giving the excellent opportunity to experience local problems and to apply his view of Design methodologies into a sustainable solution.
Discarded fan guard becomes a stunning upcycle lamp
Fantasized lampshades are made out of recycled electric fan ‘guards’, waste strips and carefully crafted Mahogany stands. The guards are personally selected and bought directly from the local scrap merchants, stimulating the local economy. The strips are waste materials from a chair factory that uses those long strips to make woven chairs. Cebu is well known for its indigenous material weaving industry.
The Lamp Fan comes in two sizes, both sizes as floor lamp and pendant. When opted for the floor lamp, mahogany wood stands come along. Last but not least: “every single lampshade is personally signed by its Fantastic creator.”
This is such a great project, creating a unique design out of local waste and at the same time stimulating the local economy. Like Sep says: “Fantasized will not solve all the problems in the world, but it shows that we need to cooperate, inspire and be creative. All together.”