Earlier this summer, we took a look at recycling, the good ol' fashioned way, as well as a couple variations on upcycled lamps. This is precisely the obsession of Italian designer Matteo de Colle, who crafts lamps from discarded plastic bottles of every shape and size:
Opening a recycling bin for plastic reminds me of a soap opera: familiar characters, different combinations each day. In fact, most of the plastic bottles you see in a bin are very common: you are well acquainted with them from countless occasional encounters. Seeing them down there, in the dark, still beautiful and ripe with possibilities...
It certainly isn't rocket science—frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if these were the result of a school project gone wild—and some are certainly more successful than others, though credit to de Colle for conceiving some truly elegant forms.
Alternately, de Colle's project is a sort of top-down, formal approach to upcycling... in contrast to the remarkable "Liter of Light" project, in which plastic bottles are cleverly repurposed as ad hoc lighting fixtures, representing the opposite end of the DIY spectrum.