here’s one I made earlier :: degross

Katie | January 30, 2013

Degross making of: TERRALUX

Design studio Degross focuses on efficiency, maximising the use of their raw materials and minimising waste. So when they found a stash of glass bottles discarded behind their studio, their creative minds started ticking…

Degross making of Bottles

It wasn’t long before they’d come up with a multitude of ways to breathe new life into the bottles and save them from landfill.

Degross making of: sketch

A plant pot with its own light source, made from two parts of the same bottle, and an Anglepoise inspired lamp, using the top section, were just two of their ideas.

Degross making of sketch

I saw both products at designersblock, part of London Design Festival 2012, but it was only recently, at Interiors UK last week, that I got a real insight into how they’d been made.

Degross making of Bottle cutting

The first step is to carefully cut the tops off the bottles – keeping both parts intact.

Degross making of Bottle cutting

Next the sharp edges are sanded down.

Degross making of sanding

Degross experimented with spaying the bottles – these images are of their very first tests.

Degross making of: spray testing

Degross making of: spray testing

The inside of the top section of the bottles are sprayed with a reflective paint, to ensure the light generated by the bulb is reflected out of the shade as efficiently as possible.

Degross making of: spray

When it came to materials for the other elements, Degross was keen to continue in the salvaged theme, and managed to source wood offcuts as the second raw material to be used.

Degross making of: wood

Precision CNC cutting transforms those odds and sods of wood into something of beauty.

Degross making of: CNC

Constituent parts created, the products are then assembled, using bright cabling to add a touch of colour.

Degross making of: assembly

Degross have very kindly allowed me to share this fabulous short film which shows the process in more detail…

And the result? A range of rather fabulous products, that have come a long way from their humble origins.

Degross making of: LACUNAR

Terralux (top), Lacunar (above), Ollamp (below)…

Degross making of: OLLAMP

…and launched just last week at Interiors UK… Funalux.

Degross making of: FUNALUX

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  • Molly

    I want one of these! Are they still for sale anywhere?

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