Gallery: Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

This luminous lamp is created from old upcycled paper cups.
This luminous lamp is created from old upcycled paper cups.

Disposable cups are hardly ever re-used, and they often find their end at the local landfill. So to cut back on this paper waste, six innovative designers in Japan have banded together to save the world from being overrun by paper cups. Using reclaimed cups, the crew has created a honeycomb wall lamp that shines bright, well beyond its stunning and sophisticated modern design.

The designers Chengyuan Wei, Guanyun Wang, Ye Tao, Jianxing Cai, Chao Chen, and Xuanxing Yang came up with the upcycled lamp. Each paper cup was first cut in half length-wise, and then arranged in a scalloped roof-tile pattern held together with hot glue. Resembling a fish-scale pattern, the lamp shape slopes into an organic half-egg shape.

The lighting elements are fitted at the bottom, creating a gradated warm glow. The cup bottoms cast columns of light that fan out around the bottom of the lamp. Since it casts such a warming, luminous glow, a lamp like this could be a great weekend craft project to fend off the winter blues!

+ Chengyuan Wei

Via Yanko Design


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  1. [Weekly blog] January 8... January 8, 2015 at 3:55 am

    […] Other than that I really liked the honey comb made out of recycled paper: […]

  2. Laura Lutener September 8, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Might this work with plastic cups and a lower power or LED bulb so that the heat wouldnt’ melt it do you think?

  3. Manuela Morales April 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

    after you put the cups together what do you do?

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