In a near-classic twist of turning trash into beautiful design that's also wedded with local skills, Belgian designer Sep Verboom was invited by Filipino politician Nida Cabrera to tackle the problem of waste in the city of Cebu. Teaming up with local officials and residents to set up a recycling program that diverts waste from landfills and yet, also provides livelihoods, Verboom and his associates came up with Fantasized, a project that recycles old fans into lovely woven lighting.
Seen over at Design Milk, these recycled lamps draw upon Cebu's rich tradition of hand-weaving, and also contribute on an economic level:
The fan guards are personally selected, and bought directly from the local scrap merchants, stimulating the local economy. The strips are waste materials from a chair factory that uses those long strips to make woven chairs.
Coming in either a hanging or standing version propped up on mahogany legs, each unique lamp is signed off by their creators, a happy result of collaborative design and research with the communities that have a stake in the process and end product. More over at Fantasized website.