Shedding a sophisticated light on upcycling

Upcycling may be all the rage, but it has to work hard to shed its shabby-chic, leather sandal, ‘deliberately distressted’ look that using already used or cast aside materials almost inevitably leads to. But Italian designer Marco Stefanelli has managed to produce some seriously classy upcycled lighting.

He has devised an ingenious way of removing fragments from sawmill scraps, tree branches, and cement fragments, and replacing them with perfectly sculpted resin embedded with LEDs. The resulting  lamps for the Breece Collection shown at Salone 2012 in Milan retain the organic nature of their original form yet cast a beautifully subdued light.

Stefanelli says “In order to realize Brecce’s project I wanted to take inspiration from the research of natural objects that, in some ways, have reached their final step in the life cycle. They are for example sawmill’s outlets, pieces of urban architecture, logs carried by the river, firewood… I have tried to give these pieces a second chance, tempting to make the light come out from the material and to amplify the sensorial experience.

And he has succeeded sensationally. You can see much more on Stefanelli’s blog.

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