Sometimes I come across upcycle design made out of an object that brings back memories. And not just memories from a few years ago, no going back to my childhood. And that’s also one of the nice, fun and fascinating aspects of upcycle design. There’s always a history and a story to be told. And that’s why upcycle design often is so attractive and impressive.
The upcycled item I saw this time was a kitchen utensil my mother used when I was a kid. I remember her having this shiny foldable steel colander which looked so cool and was great because of all the parts you could play with and collapse into a compact object.
The beauty of colanders used for lighting design
Never thought this older existing object would inspire an upcycling designer into creating a magnificent pendant lamp collection. One of these pendants is called Maké Maké and is designed by Nadia Belalia.
She was born in the South of France, where she grew up and began her self-education. In 1989 she moved to New York City where she was quickly inspired by the “rawness of industrial material used in our urban lives”. To express her creativity she attended welding and blacksmith classes and at the same time discovered a lot of knowledge on technical, functional and artistic aspects of sculpture.
This led to her amazing collection of work formed by exploring ways to integrate different metals, bones, organic matter and objects, into pattern, repetition and logic in nature.
“I admire objects of an extreme simplicity, objects of everyday life which aspire to a certain kind of elegance, the reincarnation of those into new forms.”
Back to that kitchen utensil. The Maké Maké pendant lamp is made out of a coloured colander which original function was to use as a food colander or vegetable steamer basket. Nadia took those recognizable perforated steel plates and attached them to a laser cut stainless steel structure and bent the ‘wings’ into this beautiful round form.
Photos © Nadia Belalia
Maké Maké is a piece of lighting showing an interesting combination of soft and strength. Together the perforated parts have countless holes that create a very warm and friendly diffused light.