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Tat Chao’s Gorgeous Bipolar LED Lamps Are Made From Recycled Wine Glasses

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On May 19, 2013 @ 5:30 am In carousel showcase,Design,Gallery,Green Lighting,Green Products,Innovation,new york design week,Recycled Materials | No Comments


Canadian designer Tat Chao [2] gives old, damaged and unwanted wine glasses a new life as energy-efficient LED [3] lamps! Chao detaches the bases from wine glasses and champagne flutes and joins them to create his beautiful Bipolar Lamps [4], which look like floating icicles.

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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 [6].

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 [7] 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 [8] which runs until May 20th at New York Design Week [9].

+ Tat Chao [2]

Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/05/Tat-Chao-Bipolar-Wine-Glass-LED-Lamps-1.jpg

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

[3] LED: http://inhabitat.com/tag/led/

[4] Bipolar Lamps: http://inhabitat.com/tat-chao-recycles-second-hand-wine-glasses-into-beautiful-bipolar-led-lamps/

[5] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/05/Tat-Chao-Bipolar-Wine-Glass-LED-Lamps-2.jpg

[6] LED lights: http://inhabitat.com/david-tubridge-unveils-gorgeous-new-manuka-lamp-made-from-bamboo/

[7] no-waste: http://inhabitat.com/alien-and-monkeys-sand-furniture-turns-back-to-dust-at-the-end-of-its-lifecycle/

[8] Wanted Design 2013: http://inhabitat.com/tag/wanted-design-2013/

[9] New York Design Week: http://inhabitat.com/new-york-design-week/

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