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Cute and Colorful Lamp Shades Upcycle Plastic Bags and Sawdust
Posted By Lori Zimmer On June 27, 2011 @ 1:00 pm In Design,Green Interiors,Green Lighting,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments
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.
Via Frame Mag 
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URLs in this post:
 Kulla Design Studio: http://www.kulladesign.com/site/
 lamps: http://inhabitat.com/vase-leucht-a-living-green-table-lamp-by-miriam-aust/
 upcycled plastic bags: http://inhabitat.com/packaging-the-future-three-packages-worth-the-resources-they-use/
 wooden sawdust: http://inhabitat.com/interview-scrapile/
 two-ingredient process: http://inhabitat.com/newspaperwood-incredible-furnishings-and-products-made-from-recycled-newspaper/
 lamp: http://inhabitat.com/the-best-green-designs-from-buenos-aires-puro-diseno-fair/
 textured glow: http://inhabitat.com/edward-chew-creates-stunning-geometric-lamps-from-recycled-tetra-paks/
 Kulla Design Studio: http://inhabitat.com/classic-stools-made-from-sawdust-and-recycled-plastic-bags/
 Frame Mag: http://www.framemag.com/news/2238/50%25-Sawdust-Lamp-by-Kulla-Design-Studio.html
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