Some designers are featured more than once on upcycleDZINE. Not because there isn’t enough upcycle design to be found, but because the originality and quality of their upcycle designs. And today’s featured upcycling project is by Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek. He’s known for using materials and objects that are already out there, “what the world provides”, and turning it into new design products like chairs, tables and lamps. After creating upcycle design made out of wood and metal waste, he took on another challenge using hand blown Murano glass.
A Meccano-like system for Veronese glass lighting
Video © Merci shop Paris
It all started when the son and creative director of the Veronese family business, Ruben Jochimek, wanted to give a second life to thousands of extra glass pieces that were produced since 1931. The ‘treasure’, an incredible amount of chandelier ornaments of a bygone age, was laying in the basement of their Parisian store.
Piet Hein Eek:
“All I had to do was to think of something to compose the glass pieces. It became a Meccano like system around a vertical axis that will let you put together all kinds of different objects.”
The light creations are outfitted with LED lighting. The system consists of brass discs into which several glass pieces can be placed. It’s a very versatile and customizable building system which let’s the designer play with size, ornaments and colours. Each design is completely unique and new and at the same time it has a vintage style to it.
Photos © Veronese and Merci shop Paris
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