Green Lighting

While looking through Inhabitat, a website for eco-trends, I found this amazing lamp…

Designed by Constant Lighting, this lamp is both repurposing an old item that was unused and utilizing efficient light bulbs to give customers a new fresh look. I think the lamp is a really creative way to free up some space and create something of use. It makes me think of all the different things I could repurpose into something more useful. I’ve even read about people making old encyclopedias into book ends.

I explored more into the company to find that they create tons of custom lights. They said, “Our repurposed lighting transforms obsolete and vintage objects into green, energy efficient lighting; it is a mindful blend of environmental consciousness, design ethic, and our lifelong case of nostalgia.” I think it’s a great time to be in the business of re-creating because people want something vintage, yet utilitarian in nature. On a scale from 1 to 5 of sustainability, I would say this process is a 5. The materials are all furnished by the customer and the end results are energy efficient as well as beautiful. The only part that would be questionable is the repurposing part. You have to think about the tools involved, the energy used by the building, the shipping or transportation of the object and people. While the products may be environmentally conscious, the company has no information about their own sustainability practices.


2 responses to this post.

  1. I am also in love with this lamp. I also love the site you found it on. It’s pretty awesome. So, can we have a lamp like this in our common area?


  2. Posted by gotgestalt on 17 January, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Yes, Inhabitat is an excellent site that provides a great collection of products, processes and articles about recycled and upcycled products that are aesthetically interesting. And, you pose an excellent question about the process involved in redesinging or remaking these materials (what is many times referred to as a style of ready-made art) and how that process must also be sustainable. You might also check out some of Fraser Ross’ work — Crystal reviewed his work on her blog.


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