Gallery: Cute and Colorful Lamp Shades Upcycle Plastic Bags and Sawdust


Kulla Design Studio’s eco-friendly lamps are an adorable set that appear to the eye like a blend of bold and colorful pressed potpourri. The collection, called “50% Sawdust”, feature collaged shades that are made from upcycled plastic bags and sawdust. Lightweight and stylish, these lovely lamps mix a pop of plastic bag color with the natural wood aesthetic of the saw dust.

Shreds of used plastic bags with different colors and prints are fused with the wooden sawdust using heat. The pulpy mixture is pressed into an aluminum mold and baked at a high temperature, without the addition of any adhesives. The heat melts the plastic, fusing the elements together in shape of the mold. Kulla wanted to accentuate the simple two-ingredient process, therefore the shade shape is kept minimal and clean.

Each lamp is either a set with sustainable wooden base, or hung as a pendant. An eco-friendly 40V light bulb illuminates each shade and the semi-translucent plastic and sawdust fragments create a warm and textured glow.

Kulla Design Studio, based in Israel, is comprised of two young designers, Adi Shpigel and Keren Tomer. The industrial designers focus on developing new materials and design, often from recycled or unused elements.

+ Kulla Design Studio

Via Frame Mag


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  1. chrissmith181 July 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Love the concept of upcycling! So often we only think of how we can recycle, Upcycling is such a great concept and here is shown so beautifully!

  2. GirlWhoPaints July 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

    please tell me where you get the molds you baked these around? If I wanted to make a larger shade could I use a baking pan that was in a shape I wanted (IE a large bundt pan)?

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