Designer Ed Chew Creates Brilliant Lamps From Recycled Drink Cartons

by , 04/13/11

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The TetraBox Spherical Lamp required approximately 450 empty soft drink packets and is 260mm in diameter. The boxes were unfolded and then transformed into 108 hexagons by cutting 6 strips of 6 squares, each 130mm x 21mm, to form a triangle and 6 strips of 4 squares, 76mm x 19mm, that act as knots to hold them all together. The lamp required an additional 12 pentagons made up of 5 strips of 5 squares, each 115mm x 21. The pentagon knots are 5 strips of 4 squares, at 76mm x 15mm. The end result is a beautiful masterpiece that illuminates light in breath-taking patterns.

Like many designers Ed Chew is attempting to do his part to make our world more sustainable. He feels his design could help reduce what ends up in landfills and encourages others to tap into the creative sides and try building something on their own or even collectively. “Imagine if each of us were to turn the empty boxes after each quench into a hexagon, and collectively knot them together, what possibly could we achieve?” says Chew. “We could possibly achieve building a spherical pavilion as big as a house!”

+ Ed Chew

Via Yanko Design

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  1. calvin k April 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    The casted shadow in Image 5 is amazing… wondering if it’s real or rendered.

  2. somisguided April 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    These are beautiful, very cool.

  3. lazyreader April 14, 2011 at 7:45 am

    Disco’s back, time to get my funk on.

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