As an author, the importance of the written word is ingrained in me. In fact, the destruction of any book will make me wince. That is, unless it’s responsible demolition for the purpose of making something recycled, unique and completely inspiring.
Designer Lucy Norman has found a way to give new purpose to old books in a way that totally befits reading material.
Norman’s new chandelier called Light Reading is a hanging light fixture with lamp shade-like adornments made from recycled books. The pages have been folded and collated in a circular design. Light shines down through the center of the six page-laden wheels, as well as out from between them.
Fortunately, Norman was able to think ahead and realize that paper may not be the best option for lighting fixtures. The paper has been treated to make the pages flame-retardant.
While many people may question the intention behind destroying books in this manner, Norman’s true purpose is to save our landfills from tens of thousands of them. Every day, more books are sent to the landfills by charity organizations that simply cannot sell them. In essence, the books she uses are set for destruction anyhow, so she’s giving them a second chance to bring happiness to someone.
In fact, Norman’s design philosophy is ”Rethink, Reuse, Rebook.” She is continually coming up with new designs for old books that no one wants to buy.
Another of Norman’s book products is a recycled book room partition. She’s constructed a wall partition completely out of old books. It looks like a very tightly packed floor-to-ceiling book shelf unit, only the books stay put. It is apparently a good insulator, as well as noise-reducing piece of furniture. Above all, it is tremendously colorful and tactile on one side, while being rather neutral and unobtrusive from the opposite.
Other unique interior design products by Norman include recycled materials like plastic bottle caps, 35mm film negatives, old bicycle seats and broken watch pieces.
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