When you think of a product, most of the time you think of a brand. TV, car, computer, mobile, they all generate a brand in your mind. And for me, I don’t know why, when I think of a vacuum cleaner it’s Nilfisk [and second Dyson].
For those of you who don’t know this brand, it’s Danish. Nilfisk-Advance was founded in 1906 by Peder Andersen Fisker and Hans Marius Nielsen as Fisker & Nielsen. In the beginning the company produced electrical engines for use in ventilators, kitchen elevators, drilling machines and, later on, the Nimbus motorcycle. The first vacuum cleaner was a real break through in 1910, weighed 17.5 kilos and could be operated by one person. The vacuum cleaner remains a brilliant solution to an everyday problem.
Nilfisk has great upcycle possibilities
And with this little bit of history in mind I want to show you upcycle design by Genanvendt (means ‘upcycled’ in Danish!), based in Valby | Danmark. They featured before here at upcycleDZINE with the Vinyl Records Lamp. A very nice solution for using vinyl records that would otherwise have been thrown away.
This time Genanvendt took a look at this iconic vacuum cleaner and saw possibilities for upcycling. They took engine parts from the Nilfisk vacuum cleaner and turned them into a ‘Nilfisk Motor Lamp‘. The ‘Nilfisk lamp‘ is made from the top of this fantastic looking vintage vacuum cleaner.
Photos © Genanvendt
Sometimes upcycling is about combining and connecting different parts into one design. And sometimes you’ll encounter a design piece that is made by just upcycling one part of an old object. Nice design always looks like ‘why didn’t I think of that?’. And this is one of them.