Recycled or upcycled furniture and home décor is becoming increasingly popular as people become more environmentally aware. The Oriental Coffee Lampshade is sure to be a hit in this genre as it is constructed of coffee grounds, cornstarch, and waste paper.
Designer Ryan Jongwoo Choi has a tendency to focus on the reuse of materials in order to achieve a more conscious product, such as one subject of our previous reviews, the Upcycling Project. These are the kinds of projects you’d see in an environmentally-conscious sites like Inhabitat. A lot of recycled lamp projects tend to (somewhat ironically) use old light bulbs as part of their exterior, like the hanging lamp from Studio Kleefstra. Oriental Coffee is made to have a light bulb fit inside of it instead, so that the light can shine through its paper layers. Gaining part of its name from the fact that it resembles ongii (Korean earthenware) it brings to mind the kinds of Oriental lamps that have been made for thousands of years.
There aren’t many recycled lamp ideas that effectively use coffee, which makes this lampshade even more unique. It also smells good, which is ironic since it is made essentially of garbage. Ryan actually focuses on this point, bringing to light the irony of housewares constructed from things that are meant to decompose.
This recycled lampshade is constructed of 13 segments, making it customizable to fit your lighting needs. Despite its materials, it can look like a very high end piece of art. This is true of other classy recycled lamps, like the Waste Not lamp made from plastic utensils.
Whether you’re looking for recycled or upcycled décor or just a cool lamp, this project is for you. Visit Ryan’s website to learn more and to see his other environmentally-conscious designs.
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