From houses to accessories, reassigning a different use to old glass bottles can take many forms, though transforming them into lighting is a pretty popular choice for eco-minded designers. Confronted with an unexpected bounty of amber-coloured glass bottles discarded behind their studio, London-based Degross Design & Innovation handily converted these items into stylish lighting, recently showcased at this year's London Design Festival.
Combining cut and spray-painted sections of glass bottles with CNC-milled wood offcuts from "wood merchants" next door, the handmade Utrem Lux lights come in either a hanging pendant style or a flexible desk lamp.
The varying colours for the pendant lamp make a nice visual pop, while making it less apparent that it's made from a glass bottle.
The desk lamp is my favourite; the natural colouring contrasts well with the orange cord and the shape of the base cleverly echoes that of the sliced glass.
Overall, these lamps are a good example of re-use simplicity that's effective and well-crafted. More over at Degross Design & Innovation.