As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage, and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.
Luminous Six-Pack Rings
Upcycled lighting has never been so chic as the pendant lamps at Relevé Design. Weaving regularly discarded materials like plastic six-pack rings, Bao-Khang Luu creates illuminating home decor that is also eco-friendly. The Lotus pendant lamp ($350) is part of his inaugural collection. For more six-pack ring lamps, visit Relevé Design.
Glowing Wench Hooks
For a rustic look, weathered wench hooks are repurposed as a lighting source. Perfect for a kitchen counter or bar, these hanging lights ($510) use 60 watt Edison bulbs. For more industrial farmhouse lighting, visit Omega Too.
The Recycled Light Company uses old bulbs to create oil lamps. Set your recycled incandescent light bulbs ($40) on a handmade concrete or wood bases. With some candle oil, these standard A19 incandescent light bulb can be used again and again. Light your home with this elegant design by visiting Etsy.com/shop/RecycledLightCompany.
Illuminated Pendant Lamps
Cut into innovative shapes, corrugated cardboard and styrofoam take new life as pendant lighting. Atlanta-based designer Joe Manus uses landfill-destined materials which will make you feel great about including one of these environmentally-conscious designs in your home. To pick up one of these repurposed lamps, visit Shiner International.
Aqua glass bottles are cut and fused to create a chandelier of cascading rings. Created in Italy, these glittering lamps ($540) are made with the entire bottle. To pick up this eco-friendly light source, visit Etsy.com/shop/Metamorphosi.
Fill Us In
Tell us what’s missing, what we need to know, and who is making heads turn. Share in the comments!