Retro lamps made from recycled vintage Danish vacuum cleaners

Kristian Linneberg Sørensen
© Kristian Linneberg Sørensen

Vacuum cleaners are one of those household appliances that are made to function, rather than be on display. But with a smidgen of creativity, even these mundane machines can be re-thought and re-made into something else entirely -- something that doesn't even clean! Based out of Aarhus, Denmark, artist Kristian Linneberg Sørensen creates these striking examples of lighting using recycled vintage vacuums, specifically the Nilfisk brand, which is still in business today.

© Kristian Linneberg Sørensen

These trusty Danish appliances captured Sørensen's imagination to make something unexpected, as he relates on Recyclart:

It all began with me wanting to create a modern lamp out of an antique vacuum. The idea of constructing something old into something new and seeing the final product inspired me to create more. My vision and creativity escalated; I am now making 6 different lamp models all from Nilfisk vacuums and parts. The original Nilfask vacuums were sold in Denmark, as well as other countries, before the First World War and into the late 70’s. Whenever I lose interest in making the same lamp form, I continue to push myself outside the box to figure out new ways to transform older vacuums into newer, contemporary models.

© Kristian Linneberg Sørensen

It's a neat contrast between these retro machines and how they can be re-used in today's environment, a testament that good design can last, spanning multiple eras, versus obsolescence that is planned.

© Kristian Linneberg Sørensen
© Kristian Linneberg Sørensen

These vibrant lamps are a compelling example of adaptive re-use, getting us to re-conceptualize how things can be converted for other purposes, extending their life beyond their original design objective. See more over at Recyclart and Kristian Linneberg Sørensen's Facebook page.

© Kristian Linneberg Sørensen

Tags: Denmark | Lighting | Recycled Consumer Goods

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