Here’s an upcycle design lamp made from an object that’s used by several designers. It’s a washing drum and searching the web will show you lots of upcycle drum designs. For instance, earlier this year on upcycleDZINE I showed a design that also uses a drum, the REWASHLAMP by Tó Martins. A fantastic floor lamp.
And today it’s a drum lamp by Dutch designer Willem Heeffer. Willem wrote to me last week telling me he had a new product. He has been featured several times already on upcycleDZINE with his stylish and fun look at discarded objects. Just take a look at Campbell’s Can Light, Ski-Chandelier and the Can Light industrial scale.
With this colorful series of Drum Lamps he gives used washing machine drums a new life as a lamp. The upcycled product is founded on three principles: locally sourced and recycled materials, hand made to the highest standard and transforming or reinventing to something which totally disconnects from its past.
A washing drum in six different colors suspended in air
”When I work with old materials I take them out of context, use it in an unexpected way to create something new. The goal is to first see a beautiful product after which you discover the history behind it. Only then the products are no longer viewed as trash and have become design pieces.” says the designer.
Drum light is powder coated in six different colors and seems to hover in the air suspended by three 1mm thick cables. The drive wheel at the back of the machine is placed inside the drum to house the T5 circular tube which has an excellent light output.
Photo © Willem Heeffer
The fabric braided electricity cable is colour matching and the lights are fitted with acrylic sheets which diffuse the light. It is also available in an LED version.
The drums are salvaged from the local recycling centers who have taken on the labor intensive task to take them out of the machines to give them a second life which makes these lamps 90% recycled! It’s a lamp with a clean history!
To see what else Willem Heeffer is designing, go out and check the ‘Spatial design‘ section on his website.