One of the reasons many people, and me too, like upcycle design is because it makes you smile. I call that the fun factor. Whenever I see a piece of upcycle design for the first time I notice that I it puts a smile on my face. Why? Mainly because one of these two reasons: the form that has been created or the object/material that has been used. Looking at an upcycle design piece for the first time often has that penny-dropping moment. That moment that you realize what you’re actually looking at. Sometimes that happens right away and other times after some info.
Racquets merged into playful form
And today’s featured upcycle design is all about that fun factor. At least for me. The design is by Studio Regev and called ‘Matkot Lamp‘, made out of four identical beach racquets. This creative studio and workshop is founded by industrial designer Eyal Regev and based in Givat Brenner | Israel. The studio combines design, industrial design and manufacturing with readymade objects and is specialized in designing very original furniture, lighting, and objects. Matkot Lamp was originally designed for an exhibition of artists and designers from Israel which took place in Oviedo, Spain.
What I particularly like about the Matkot Lamp design is that minimal adjustments have been made to achieve this beautiful and playful aesthetic form. Just look at the way those four forms play together and result in a playful piece of upcycle lighting design.
Photos © Studio Regev
The name of the lamp refers to a popular paddle ball game in Israel called Matkot. According to website Go Matkot: “Many people consider Matkot to be the national Israeli sport. Rumor has it, that Israeli’s have been playing Matkot for over 80 years. It’s so popular in Israel, that Tel Aviv even has a Paddle ball museum, the only one in the world.”
I don’t know about you, but seeing this lamp immediately made me longe for summer and a day at the beach.