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Tat Chao Recycles Second-Hand Wine Glasses Into Beautiful “Bipolar” LED Lamps

Posted By Radhika Sawhney On February 7, 2013 @ 5:20 pm In Design,Gallery,Green Interiors,Green Lighting,Green Products,Innovation,Recycled Materials | No Comments


Canadian designer Tat Chao [2] has transformed discarded glass [3] into a heterogeneous collection of recycled BIPOLAR [2] lamps. Each lamp is made from a pair of wine glasses or champagne flutes that have had their bases removed. The glassware is collected via donations or second-hand shops before it is meticulously handcrafted in Montreal, Canada.


Tat Chao [2] was inspired to create these lamps while making candle-holders for his IN VITRO [2] collection. Each Bipolar Pendant Lamp [2] consists of two wine glasses or champagne flutes held together face to face with an anodized aluminum ring which wraps a strip of LED [5] lights in the middle. The lamps come in diverse shapes, colors and sizes ranging from 6” to 16” in length. Up-cycling [6] is a great step towards sustainability – especially if the result is a great looking contemporary product. In case you are left wondering what happens to the bases of these glasses, they are used to make spinning tops and yo-yos, so nothing is wasted!

+ Tat Chao [2]

Images courtesy of Tat Chao

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[2] Tat Chao: http://www.tatchao.com/

[3] discarded glass: http://inhabitat.com/recycled-materials/

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[5] strip of LED: http://inhabitat.com/lighting-2/

[6] Up-cycling: http://inhabitat.com/recycling-initiatives/

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