Gallery: Announcing the Winners of the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Com...



We guess hard work really does pay off because all those nights that designer Edward Chew spent cutting box drink cartons into hundreds of strips and folding them into pieces to create his beguiling Tetra Pak lamp have landed him the grand prize in the Bright Ideas Lighting Competition! Not only is the Tetra Pak Lamp absolutely breathtaking to behold, it's also a fabulously creative example of upcycled design and craftsmanship - it was even assembled without the use of any adhesives!

"Ed Chew’s Tetra Pak lamp was a clear standout in the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition for its inspired use of materials and amazing craftsmanship; the designer painstakingly cut, folded and assembled hundreds of Tetrapak containers into this flawlessly geometric lamp. This is a shining example of upcycled design that is so professional and well-executed that you can’t tell it is made out of junk - but once you realize this, the story becomes even more impressive."
- Jill Fehrenbacher, Editor-in-Chief,

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  1. kevino October 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Hi. Please tell me how I can enter the next Bright Ideas Lighting Contest next year.

    Kevin Sutton

  2. mark l June 17, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Well done Ed and thank you for sharing your step-by-step tutorial guide with us. My boy has been bringing back empty Tetra Pak boxes from school ever since your work had been featured in the local daily. You were right, we never look at empty Tetra Pak boxes the same way again!

  3. Ed Chew June 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

    I wish to take this opportunity to convey my heartfelt THANK YOU to the organizers, the judges and to everyone who took the time to vote and helped spread the word, without whom this winning prize would not have been possible.

    Being shortlisted as a finalist is already a recognition. Winning a prize is indeed a bonus. But most importantly, this competition has helped spread the green message across the spectrum of society.

    Again, many many thanks to you all.

  4. JasminMC June 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Love the Yakult lamp! I grew up drinking Yakult as a child!

  5. evelyn June 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Incredible innovation from all the entries, congrats to the winners!

  6. dan mendes June 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    these are definitely the best designs in the competition!

  7. loreta June 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I am wondering why there are international participants in a contest that was supposely ‘open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. States, D.C., and Puerto Rico…’. Looks strange. Could someone explain that?

  8. Diane Pham June 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    tetra pack was hands-down the most stunning design. what a brilliant idea for re-use!

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