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- Posted in Art & Sculpture, Polystyrene Uses, Recycling by Fran

Styrolight a chandelier created from Mac Book packaging

Styrolight a chandelier created from Mac Book packaging by Eric Lawrence

Many people would agree, I think, that Apple creates products that are both functional and easy on the eye, whether it be the Iphone, Ipod or the latest aluminium chassis Mac Book.
It’s not difficult to see as they pay attention to every detail, this extends as far as the packaging that the products comes in.

However, the product design gurus at Cupertino, Apples home town, could never imagine that the styrofoam protecting their laptops could be re-used in such a way as to produce another striking and practical design.

A rather unusual light shade made from molded polystyrene packaging.

A rather unusual light shade made from molded polystyrene packaging.

Eric Lawrence, had that vision, he has made this chandelier using dimmable low energy CFL bulbs, aluminium bar and slow-set hot glue. He assembled the molded styrofoam packing pieces and won the Sustainable prize in Design Within Reach Austin’s M+D+F competition. The modular layout allows the design to be modified whilst maintaining a common style in this smaller light shade.

Recycling packaging materials with such purpose and style makes for a bright future, I applaud those people who can see potential in them.