There are no shortage of designers who make it their mission to re-use the tons of material that goes to waste in the fashion industry, but excess materials don't always have to re-surface as fashion. British designer Naomi Paul incorporates surplus from well-known fashion houses like Missoni and using traditional crocheting techniques, creates elegant pendant lamps from unused haute couture textiles.
Paul's "Omi" lighting collection is a flat packed design made entirely by hand in the UK with materials like mercerized cotton and silk that is sourced from fashion industry surplus, stuff that would usually be thrown away.
Using minimal forms and simple, bold colours, Paul's pendant lamps combine fine crafting sensibility with a modern aesthetic, resulting in lighting that's dramatic but not ostentatious.
I particularly like this dashing, three-level red chandelier that seems to organically undulate, and also has strategically-placed trimmings that mimic what a crystal version of it might look like.
Recently showcased at Design Junction, these lovely and sustainably-minded lamps also garnered a first prize this year from World Architecture News for the Furniture and Interior Accessories category. See more of our previous coverage on Naomi Paul here, and more over at Naomi Paul's website.