Lighting can be divided into several groups like table lamps, pendant lamps, chandeliers, wall lamps and floor lamps. And the latter group isn’t a big one here on upcycleDZINE. If you compare it with for instance chandeliers or pendants it’s a rather small group. So I’m glad to add another upcycle design piece to the floor lamp section.

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Crocheted electricity wires play with light

The upcycle creation in this post is called Lichtmasche and is a design by communication designer Agnesa Vavrinova, based in Los Angeles | United States. She got her Bachelor in Design and Art at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano | Italy with a Major in Design.
Lichtmasche: electricity wires floor lamp by Agnesa Vavrinova – upcycleDZINE
Agnesa made the structure by bending a 6 meter long metal rod into a cone form. Lichtmasche consists of 3 main parts: the structure, the light bulb with a cable and the lampshade. The metal structure provides 3 footholds to ensure stability. The lampshade itself is made out of discarded, strong colourful wires that can be found inside power cords.
Lichtmasche: electricity wires floor lamp by Agnesa Vavrinova – upcycleDZINE
Agnesa Vavrinova:

“According to the functional concept, discovering secondary qualities of a chosen material, the properties of these
easy-to-get electricity wires allowed me to create a net-like structure made by using the technique of crocheting.”

Lichtmasche: electricity wires floor lamp by Agnesa Vavrinova – upcycleDZINE
Because the lampshade is crocheted, this results in a repeating regular pattern which is very strong. And besides being strong it also holds together and is flexible. Another nice aspect of using crocheting is that it produced a transparent surface which lets light shine through the stitches in a very playful way.
Lichtmasche: electricity wires floor lamp by Agnesa Vavrinova – upcycleDZINE
Photos © Agnesa Vavrinova

Agnesa used two complimentary colours, orange and blue. Lichtmasche is customisable in respect to the temperature/character of the light. The cable that’s connected to the lightbulb can be adjusted so that the lightbulb hangs in the bottom [blue] or upper [orange] half of the lamp. This results in a warmer light when it’s positioned in the upper and colder light when it’s positioned in the bottom half.
I’m always charmed by lamp designs that let you play with light/shadows. Together with this aspect and the crocheted lampshade, it is fun to see material like discarded electricity wires turned into an object that has a relation with electricity without using its original function.

Design by Agnesa Vavrinova

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