Thanks to stores like IKEA, home and office lighting is cheap and easily replaceable- but what happens to discarded lamps? Design duo Mischer’Traxler has an innovative and energy-saving answer. Their “Relumine” project repurposes pairs of old lamps into a single fixture that represents the earth-conscious switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to new energy-efficient bulbs.
Mischer’Traxler varies each piece by combining different styles of lamps found at flea markets, matching hanging pendants with floor lamps or lamps of different heights and hardware. Found desk lamps and the like are taken apart, sanded, and painted a light color, then fitted for the new bulbs and rewired. They are then connected with an energy-efficient fluorescent tube bulb, creating a new unified design. The new piece (with two lamps combined) uses less energy than the two components originally required individually. Not to mention the lights generate less waste and utilize less mercury.
The end result is a modern take on lighting that transforms cast-off lamps into installation pieces. With a laser beam-like fluorescent tube connecting them, the opposing lamps appear almost anthropomorphic, with the bulb being a visual conversation between the two.
Mischer’Traxler’s work often addresses sustainable and untapped energy, and the studio has employed solar energy in many of their pieces. As we’ve mentioned before, the two formerly turned recycled Nespresso capsules into batteries at Vienna Design Week. Mischer’traxler’s installations continue to bring awareness to alternative sources of energy through cutting-edge design pieces.