Gallery: Luminous Lamps Made from Recycled Washing Machine Drums


These spectacular lamps may appear as if they’ve been pulled off the latest superstar designer’s mass-production line, but look again — they’re actually washing machine drums recycled into amazing lighting! Designed by Alex Kovatchev, the “Wash Lamp” is a great eco-friendly idea that takes the barrel of an out-of-service washing machine and capitalizes on its minimalist circular formation, perforated surface and stainless steel finish to create an awesome piece of illumination able to wash an entire space in a multifaceted light. And if you’ve already amassed your fair share of pendant lamps, this piece is also available as an easily affixable wall light and an ottoman for lustrous low-to-the-ground seating.

+ Alex Kovatchev

Via Yanko Design


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  1. Denise Murray October 31, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I was wondering if you got any ideas for the rest of the washing machine?? I need to write an essay on the reuse/recycling of two major components of a washing machine. Though I can find many suggestions for the drum I’m struggling with the rest of the machine. I also wondered if its possible to remove the drum without damaging the cube shape?? Could the steal frame be used as a planter box, raised vegetable garden? Hopefully you got some suggestions. By the way loved the lighting idea!

  2. Patron Zero June 29, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Dryer drums are nice bits to also salvage for various industrial design themed furniture.

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