Gallery: Tucker Robbins Transforms Indonesian Fishing Baskets into Beau...


Tucker Robbins showcased these simple yet beautiful pendant lamps made from repurposed fishing baskets at this year’s ICFF. The woven lamps give new life to disused fishing baskets made by local craftspeople in Sulawesi, Indonesia.  Each natural rattan lampshade can be lined with or without rice paper to give the lamp a brighter or more diffuse glow.

Tucker Robbins makes two or three trips a year to source his salvaged materials from the Philippines, Borneo, Africa, and Guatemala. Robbins doesn’t buy new woods – instead he sources materials from old barns, dead tree roots and vintage baskets. Robbins then transforms these materials into furniture and lamps that echo their past while showcasing his expert craftsmanship.

Robbins’ handmade Teardrop Chandeliers pay homage to the fishing baskets of Toraja women in Sulawesi, Indonesia. They’re made of rattan woven from old vines, which Robbins has reworked into tear shaped shades that each encase a single bulb.

When hung together, the lamps create an organic chandelier that casts warm light and patterns upon nearby surfaces. Robbins’ collection is designed to appeal to the world traveler – it celebrate the cultures from which the materials were salvaged, while paying homage to the earth by recycling and minimizing waste.

+ Tucker Robbins



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  1. Francisco Almendra Soto November 20, 2013 at 9:32 am

    This is beautiful, and I have to say that is very inspiring, too.
    I’m currentrly working in a project of craft basketry lamps, and this work is a nice reference.

  2. Araminta Littlehales November 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I love the pendant lights by Tucker Robins using repurposed fishing baskets. Is it possible to buy them from somewhere?

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