Ever wonder what happens to all the old vinyl records that don't make it into the thrift shops to be picked up by the audio-junkie/hipster minority who still spin them? Well, most of them just end up in the trash--no surprise there. But at least a few have found their way into the loving hands of Brooklyn-based Orlando Dominguez of GIN Art & Design, for a second life brightening up the world--with light, this time, instead of music. These recycled record lamps made their debut during this year's New York Design Week at the ICFF.
The vaguely Art Deco/moderne-looking lamps come in either black, red or a multicolor mixture of 45s and are a great example of post-consumer recycling at its finest. We asked if they came with 45s sorted not just by color, but by genre or artist instead (we’d love a dimly glowing stack of slow jams or Barry White, for instance), and the answer was “not yet.” But hopefully he’ll consider it.