Jon Dioffa

Michelle Brand's Stunning Plastic Bottle Chandelier

by , 10/01/08

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One of the most stunning pieces at this year’s 100% Design was this gorgeous recycled plastic bottle chandelier by Michelle Brand. Composed entirely from cut-off bottle bases, it lit up the floor at (re)design‘s Lighten Up exhibition, which showcased a selection of innovative lighting designer-makers who are ‘switched-on’ when it comes to tackling domestic lighting design solutions.

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100% Design gets better every year, although sometimes the unavoidable trade show layout can be a bit wearing on the visitor. Michelle Brand‘s piece welcomed all as the statement chandelier in the entryway, drawing desensitized design enthusiasts closer and closer. Upon further inspection the curvaceous star shaped modules looked strangely familiar.

Michelle Brand Cascase LampsMichelle Brand Cascade Lamps at HauteGreen 2007

We first discovered Michelle Brand back at Haute Green 2007 in New York City where she won the Inhabitat Editors’ Choice Award for her stunning eco lighting designs. Now appears that Michelle has expanded on her beautiful original design with eye-catching new variations for 100% Design.

Michelle Brand custom builds each chandelier from plastic bottle petal bases, linking their modules together with a simple tag. The original design was launched in 2007, and it seems that the Manchester based designer is developing the design to appeal to the retail & interiors market, although the idea of reutilizing something that has been perfectly designed for one purpose remains intact. Brand states: “Once a plastic drinks bottle is empty, it is perceived as redundant and then thrown away. I wanted to challenge this wasteful paradigm.”

Uprooted from their typical locations such as the trendy, but lovely, Old Truman Brewery complex, (re)design put on a sensational show with Lighten Up and have produced an exhibition catalogue that is available from their website

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+ Michelle Brand at HauteGreen

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12 Comments

  1. Rhonda Reinhardt May 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    i think its great,i would love to try and make one

  2. westcoastplast November 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    ALl I can say is wow, I wish all of our purchases of recycled plastic turned it into such an innovative artistic product

    Peter Bissada
    http://www.westcoastplasticrecycling.com

  3. Kt November 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Hi I am trying to get hid of Michelle brand, I have contacted green has twice with no response, does anyone have her contact details? Thanks

  4. Area Rugs Manhattan August 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I think this is absolutely ingenious and something I might try myself

  5. martin nyarko November 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

    the chandeliers from plastic containers are very interesting, keep it up. however, I am a student sculptor and am working on using plastic and glass container waste for a chandelier and I need guidance and direction as to how best I can successfully achieve my aim. thank you

  6. mrunmayee.g August 30, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Your creation is fantastic !!! Really, you have done a great job and recycled a whole lot of waste into a beautiful thing!! I think, it’s a wonder. I would love to try it at home and would let to know about site to see the original one.

  7. Reality Check March 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I can appreciate the concept but I’ll take this stuff more seriously when people like Al Gore have this hanging in their own homes.

    Does she debur the sharp edges of every piece to make them safe and unlikely to cut someone? When you redecorate, and you will, do these get tossed into a landfill or are they carefully taken apart for recycling? Let’s really think this through and see if the concept is really “green” or if it’s just a postponement of the inevitable . . . to the dump it goes.

  8. myriah myriah November 20, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    LEDs would work, Kristen M.

    I really dig this… I have been thinking up something similar for a little while.

  9. Kristen M. October 2, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Beautiful! However, I can’t help but wonder how the plastic doesn’t melt if close to the bulb and the light is left on for a while…

  10. Aubrey M October 1, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    I love it. I can see smaller versions of the designs fitting well in domestic homes.

  11. capty99 October 1, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Agreed with Steve, it looks nice from a distance. I can imagine the blurring / lighting effects of a camera are also helping it out, it can’t look very good as a centerpiece if people are real close to it. If I had high cielings somewhere maybe.

    Tyler J . Lee
    http://www.tylerjameslee.com

  12. Steve N. Lee October 1, 2008 at 2:44 am

    This looks really cool. Especially from a distance where you can’t really see what it’s made of and how it’s formed.

    I don’t usually like designs made out of recycled garbage as they ALWAYS look so lame and you’d never dream of having something like it in your home, but this really is pretty.

    As for many 60s born Brits, I can well imagine Valerie Singleton making one of these on Blue Peter! Especially approaching Christmas, though yours would never look as good as hers, of course!

    I don’t know if I’d want one of these hanging in my dining room but I could see the attraction of them in public places such as shopping centres or modern art galleries and the like. I suppose they could be sold as self-assembly kits which would make them popular.

    Plus, it would get the message out about recycling. People will see that ‘garbage’ isn’t always just garbage. It still has value, can still have a purpose. Valuable lessons for all of us today.

    Steve N. Lee
    author of eco-blog http://www.lionsledbysheep.com
    and suspense thriller ‘What if…?’

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