Pet Lamp
Álvaro Catalán de Ocón
Madrid, Spain
If life gives you bottles…make lamps out of them!

This saying, seemingly obvious, is the result  of a process that combines design and social awareness. It was brought to light in 2013 through a competition concerned about a global issue that affects us all. The Madrid-based team of the industrial designer Álvaro Catalán de Ocón raised the question of what second life there could be for the familiar PET plastic bottle. In so heterogeneous a world as ours, few examples could be found, but this receptacle knows nothing about cultures.

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Inspiration drawn from a Japanese kitchen utensil led to a manual operation that transfromed the rigid structure of PET bottles into fibers with a shared nucleus. These fibers could be intertwined, tied, or combined with other materials, yielding a new product. The next step was to dream of those materials and the laws that govern their makeup.

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Colombia – Eperara Siapidara (2012)
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Colombia – Eperara Siapidara (2012)
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Chile – Chimbarongo (2013)
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Chile – Chimbarongo (2013)
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Chile – Mapuche (2016)
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Etiopía –  Abyssinia (2014)
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Etiopía –  Abyssinia (2014)
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Japón – Kyoto (2015)
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While the soul of the PET Lamp is woven in distant countries, the final details that make them come alive are done in a Madrid workshop. The precision required of an electric device is only possible to achieve with reliably designed, resistant pieces. But when craftsmanship and industrial design – two different disciplines – meet, they have to speak in the language of the former. The result is a delicate assembly of individually beautiful pieces which at the same time has the precision of a Swiss watch.
 
 

On 15 December the PET Lamp family welcomes a very special member. Ramingining, an Australian indigenous community that inhabits landscapes of dense vegetation, was selected to carry out a design that had no previous examples. The remote location and a culture where family ties follow undecipherable rules were the main elements used in producing the first combined screen of the collection.

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