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Sweater ‘Sleeve’ Lamp by Sara Ebert
Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On May 21, 2009 @ 1:00 pm In Decorative Objects,Design,Green Interiors,Green Lighting,icff 2009,Innovation,New York Design Week 2009,NY Design Week 2009,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment
Would you believe that this eye-catching lamp was made for under one dollar?  ‘Sleeve’ by Sara Ebert  is a lampshade made from a Salvation Army sweater and a discarded apple juice bottle. Showcased as part of Pratt’s ‘Design for a Dollar’  exhibit at ICFF 2009 , ‘Sleeve’ was crafted with an eye toward minimizing energy, labor, materials, and transportation costs and waste. It’s beautiful, smart, and straightforward–exactly the way good design should be.
While researching materials for ‘Design for a Dollar,’ Sara  discovered how easily wool can be felted: simply wash sweaters in a hot cycle and the agitation, heat, and pressure produces a denser fabric that can be cut and reshaped easily and without unraveling. Add a discarded bottle and a light source, and you’ve got an award-winning design that is as light on the environment as it is heavy on talent.
We’ve been continually impressed  by Pratt Institute students  throughout the course of this busy month of designer showcases, so it was no surprise to find ourselves wowed by yet another Pratt creation . A senior in Pratt’s undergraduate industrial design program, Ebert  hails from rural Virginia. Because she draws inspiration from cultural, environmental, and social sustainability, Ebert has been an active force in responsible design initiatives during her Pratt career; she is part of both the Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Studies  and the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation .
+ Sarah Ebert 
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=29967
 under one dollar? : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/21/pratt-students-design-for-one-dollar/
 Sara Ebert: http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_details.asp?individual_id=203444
 ICFF 2009: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/18/icff-2009-highlights-from-the-contemporary-furniture-fair/
 continually impressed: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/05/29/pratt-is-where-its-at/
 Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Studies: http://csds.pratt.edu/
 Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation: http://incubator.pratt.edu/about.html
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