et al. collaborative, a Brooklyn-based architectural design practice, recently found inspiration in discarded Christmas trees that had served their short-term purpose as decoration. Once they had rescued the trees from the purgatory of the curb, the designers at el al. re-imagine them as one-of-a-kind lamps:
Influenced by themes of revival, nostalgia and nature, the trees have been returned to the focal point of light in the home as lamps. et al.'s found materials come not only from holiday trees, but also fallen from storms, and discarded from landscaping projects. Each of the trees is carefully stripped of its branches and pine needles, which are donated to a neighboring rooftop garden for mulch. The fLume lamps are minimalist and organic, staying true to form. The pieces are intended for display according to what suits their natural shape; table top, hanging and floor standing. Each piece is one of a kind and uses exposed filament bulbs of various shapes and sizes.