Green Week: PET Light by Walking-Chair Design Studio
First, I should say that the PET Light by Walking Chair Design Studio is called the PET light because in Europe, I gather, people refer to the plastic bottles as PET bottles, and this is a light made for recycled plastic bottles. The PET bottles are nearly identical to the water bottles that we all use in the states, so this lamp would work perfectly fine here. So, again, these are lights where the plastic bottles make up the lamp shade where you install the bottles on the shade as you use them. Let’s just say that the idea is brilliant but the execution is lame. I personally love to see much more direct and simple ways to recycle goods. This idea capitalizes on the colors and forms created by the bottles without having to go through some labor intensive industrial recycling process to create the materials for the lamp. The lamp is far from elegant, though. The lamp is made of only three pieces: the cord, the socket, and the plastic ring where each bottle is placed. These are cheap materials which are sort of sadly put together. The plastic ring is not neither provocative nor ingenious. I’ve also built a few pieces like this for different jobs over the years, and I can safely say that, at a high volume, this lamp could be sold at about $10 which is nearly seven times less than what they charge. So, I guess I’m advocating stealing the idea and building your own version of this at home for next to nothing. For a recycled lamp with some high artistic merit, check out The Tide Chandelier. Wow!