Recycled Washing Machine Lamps Combine Bold, Unexpected Materials

© Tó Martins

When I think of recycling washing machines, I certainly don't make the connection with bold and cheekily-designed lamps. But Portuguese designer Antonio "Tó" Martins' "Rewash" lamps are exactly that: made out of recycled washing machine drums and wrapped in an array of surprising materials, he manages to confound what you might ordinarily think of how far washing machines can go.

© Tó Martins

The designer tells us that the idea behind Rewashlamps is to minimize waste and to recycle old washing machine parts in a new way:

The lamps have for base the washing machine's drums no longer in use, decorated with various types of materials, to decontextualize them from their usual use or function, giving them a new role. Associated to the main body there is a photographic tripod which attains a combination of design and functionality.

© Tó Martins

The lamps -- featuring unexpected combinations like cork, astroturf, steel wool and tweed -- are handmade by Martins himself, and are easy to assemble (there are two parts -- the top consists of the washing machine drum lampshade and the bottom is an adjustable photography tripod).

© Tó Martins
© Tó Martins
© Tó Martins
© Tó Martins

Each lamp is apparently priced differently, due to their materials. Definitely a refreshing take on a mundane appliance; more information on the Rewashlamp website.

Tags: Lighting | Recycling

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