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Willem Heeffer’s Up-Cycled Washing Machine Drum Lamps are Made with a Clean Conscience
Used washing machine drums are given a new life by designer Willem Heeffer as retro lamps with a sweet powder coated finish. Aptly named ‘Drums’, these pendants seems to hover in the air suspended by three 1mm thick cables. To make each lamp, the drive wheel at the back of the washing machine is placed inside the main drum to house a T5 circular light tube. Fabric is then braided around the electricity cable to match the lamp’s finish, and the lights are fitted with acrylic sheets for diffusion. Each drum has been salvaged from a local recycling center to make it nearly 90% recycled. Speaking about the design, Heeffer says: ”When I work with old materials I take them out of context, use them in an unexpected way to create something new. The goal is to first see a beautiful product after which you discover the history behind it. Only then the products are no longer viewed as trash and have become design pieces.” The lamp come in 6 different colors and can be fitted with LEDs upon request.
Images by Yehia Eweis
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