funky upcycled lamp shades
designer Allison Patrick – an architecture grad – recently began experimenting with lighting and more specifically, unique materials. because she re-uses materials, no two of her lamps are the same. my favorite piece is the Soda Can Tab pendant light. Allison saved up hundreds of recycled soda can tabs and carefully glued each one in place. when the light is turned on, it illuminates the tabs and light pours from the top and bottom. ($125)
all of her pieces are beautiful and potentially DIY-able if you’d like to try your hand at a soda tab lampshade!
my other favorite is the Cocktail Umbrella pendant light. ($80) i would love to have these lighting up my entire backyard. i absolutely love all these lights for gift options. Allison caught up with the Huffington Post earlier this year and stated, “Being eco-friendly may feel virtuous, but you shouldn’t have to sacrifice great design just for the environment. I’m always striving to re-think how I use materials, to give a new and longer life to something that might otherwise just get discarded.”
this last one is made of old world maps – the Road Map table lamp. each light features a selection of different maps from America and a few from Europe. ($80). wonderful example of how good design does not have to be sacrificed in the name of environmentally friendly materials.
Photos via Allison’s Etsy