Canadian designer Tat Chao gives old, damaged and unwanted wine glasses a new life as energy-efficient LED lamps! Chao detaches the bases from wine glasses and champagne flutes and joins them to create his beautiful Bipolar Lamps, which look like floating icicles.
The Bipolar collection was inspired by the candleholders the artist crafted for his In Vitro series. Chao collected his glassware via donations or second-hand shops before working on the project in Montreal, Canada. Two wine glasses (or champagne flutes) with detached bases are joined together at their drinking ends using a special glass adhesive. and connected using an anodized aluminum ring that holds a strip of LED lights.
According to Chao, these minimalist lamps signify the “rebirth of the rejected, the out of style, the damaged.” To stay completely true to the no-waste concept, the artist made sure the bases found their use too-they were transformed into spinning tops and yo-yos. We found these gorgeous lamps at Wanted Design 2013 which runs until May 20th at New York Design Week.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat