This Plastic Bottle Upcycle is Totally Upscale
We’re all trying to cut down on those pesky, yet totally convenient plastic bottles. When we do use them, we recycle them. But one artist has us rethinking that last move with his upcycled hanging lamp creations with these gorgeous PET Lamps.
Barcelona-based designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón first debuted these lamps back in 2011. Soon after in 2012, he collaborated with artists in Colombia to create lamps using dyed straw and wool. Most recently, he’s worked with Si Studio and a group of wicker artisans from Chile to create a new line of hanging lamps that us seriously swooning. Dubbed ‘Chimbarongo’ after the city in Chile where these creations are woven, these lamps use natural wicker and rely on the bottles to give each lamp its coloring.
The artist has big plans to expand this collection to feature artisans all over the world! “The PET Lamp for us has become a pretext for getting to know different countries and cultures and to enter into the lives of people in a manner that would not have been possible any other way.” We’d love to see how this collection could evolve — Venetian glass beaded chandeliers, shades made with wax prints from Africa, intricate origami sculptures from Japan — the possibilities are endless!
No two lamps are alike, meaning your statement lighting piece truly is one of a kind! The detailing on these lamps extend to the cloth-covered electrical cord that’s designed to have “the perfect texture and fall.” We’ve wrapped a cord or two here at Brit HQ, so we totally know the impact the smallest details can make!
After looking through the entire collection of PET Lamps, we’re all in! Can you believe these were once plastic bottles?! Interested in getting your hands on one or two or even 21? Prices start around $375 per lamp and go up as high as $8000 for the massive and amazing installation! (Seriously, can’t you just imagine instagrammin’ these if you spotted them in public!)
(h/t to Remodelista for bringing this fantastic plastic to our attention!)
Have you upcycled anything that was headed for a recycling bin? Tell us about your project in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)