At first glance, designer Enrique Romero’s PulpLamps look more like cocoon-esque sculptures than lighting fixtures. Made from 100% recycled newspapers, the lamps come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and each one is completely unique. The oversized shades can be hung solo or grouped together to form makeshift chandeliers of varying grayscale shades.
The lamps hang in deep blacks, taupes and light whites. Molded in inflatable forms, each piece comes out with a slightly different shape. Due to the soft molds, the lamps can also be purposefully deformed, crushed, bent or smoothed into new shapes. Romero’s molds vary from pointy shades which evoke Vietnamese rice hats, to amorphous globs, with openings that can playfully swallow a person’s head and shoulders.
To make each lamp, Romero shreds discarded newspapers, mixing them into a pulp much like papier mache. After adding a glue to harden the pulp, the substance is poured into the molds. Bright red cords and fixtures are then added for a punch of color. The resulting recycled lamps are textured and organic, adding a natural glow to any room.