- 3:40 pm - Mon, Jul 7, 2014
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Here’s a project to find give new life for those old, ignored, or doomed volumes by turning them into a pleasant source of illumination.
Open the Hardback Reading Light and it will provide a soft glow, perfect for reading your favorite volume. The Hardback Reading Light is a straight forward project that will take a few hours and about $25 in materials.
The pages of the book are replaced with a light box lined with LEDs. They’re powered through a plug in the spine and a switch in the corner turns it off when the cover is closed. It can be dimmed mechanically by simply closing or opening the cover different amounts.
(via Make your own: Hardback Reading Light - Boing Boing)
- 1:12 pm - Sat, May 31, 2014
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Now this is an interesting lighting idea via Decorator’s Notebook.
Perhaps with a lighting scheme such as this, the colanders/strainers could be removed from the wall and still used to, you know, strain things. :)
The idea makes me think of metal graters repurposed as light shades; we posted an example of that previously on Unconsumption here. (Other things repurposed as lighting can be seen in our lighting archive here. )
In a lighting installation like the one pictured above, do you suppose that battery-operated candles (or something else that’s non-flammable?!) are placed inside each colander/strainer to provide the lighting?
- 12:20 pm - Fri, Mar 28, 2014
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The US military is still inundated with obsolete and unusable ordnance from as far back as the beginning of the Cold War. But rather than simply dispose of these old bombs by, say, blowing them up, one enterprising design studio is transforming them into helpful house wares.
Created by Stockpile Designs of Brooklyn, NY, the Megaton floor lamp utilizes the hand-polished casing of a Korean War-era 100-lb kinetic bomb seated 42 inches above the ground on a narrow stand—its explosive guts replaced with coax-wiring for its dual-bulb socket.
(via The Megaton Floor Lamp Is Built from a Real Bomb)
- 3:40 pm - Tue, Feb 18, 2014
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The Frankie pendant combines solid timber and felt to create a tactile and refined lighting system from a few simple components.
Ideal for both commercial and domestic applications this stylish and effective pendant can extend lengthways to provide lighting perfect for longer tables, bars and hallways.
American ash timber, recycled PET panel, braided cable.
More: Frankie Pendant - Products - Designtree
- 8:22 am - Fri, Oct 11, 2013
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Dirk van der Kooij has taken sustainable design to the next level by creating a sublime floor lamp out of recycled CD cases.
Dutch designer Van der Kooij is renowned for creating designs using his 3D-printing robots. This year he extended his exploration into the possibilities offered by 3D printing with his Satellite Lamp.
More: Satellite light | Design Indaba
- 3:41 pm - Wed, Oct 2, 2013
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Washing machine drums upcycled into lights and tables …
Powder-coating, rather than hand spray paint, helps convey a higher end look, as does the matching color cable and acrylic sheet diffusers. Tip of the hat to Willem Heeffe for acing an upcycling project and offering more for sale for those of us that can’t be bothered with doing it ourselves.
“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!” -Willem Heeffer
Via: Drum Lamp — ACCESSORIES — Better Living Through Design
- 10:53 am - Thu, Aug 15, 2013
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In today’s GOOD NEWS: I salvaged a vintage globe and turned it into a lampshade!
The globe’s owner — my aunt — tried for years to repair the decades-old globe (which had split apart and would no longer stand upright on its bent, rusted metal base). Last month, while visiting my aunt, I spotted the globe on top of her trash bin, grabbed it, and said we could find a way to reuse it. :)
Note: My lamp’s harp — the metal part that curves around the light bulb and onto which the shade gets screwed into place — is tall, leaving almost two inches of air space above the bulb. Stating the obvious, but still: When using a globe or other non-traditional item as a lamp shade, be sure there’s some open space around the bulb so the top of the lamp won’t get too hot. Also, as many of you know, using compact florescent lighbulbs (CFLs), which I use on this lamp and on others, can help reduce lamps’ heat output.
For earlier Unconsumption posts on other new uses for old globes and maps, see our Tumblr archive here, and Pinterest board here.