Artisan Upcycled Cardboard Lighting

Raouf Sarwari of Artisan Design Source creates laser-cut pendants and lamps using acrylic plastic and upcycled cardboard.

While these lights are technically upcycled and not recycled, I like the craftsmanship and quality of light to add Sarwari to my Green Lighting Spotlight.

Upcycled Lighting | KitchAnn Style

Upcycled Lighting | KitchAnn Style

Artisan Design Source’s lights come in a variety of fascinating shapes and colored acrylic. The pendants average size is 9″ x 18″.

Upcycled Lighting | KitchAnn Style

Artisan Design Source, based in Brooklyn, debuted it’s lighting at the BKLYN Designs furniture festival this past May.

Upcycled Lighting | KitchAnn Style

I’m curious to see what Sarwari could do with laser-cutting on a larger scale.




Upcycled Glass Bottle Chandeliers

Always on the search for great lighting, I can’t believe I didn’t discover this beautiful chandelier made from recycled bottles by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden sooner.


The lovely cascading shape was inspired by the simple scales of a pine cone. Beauty really is everywhere.

We collected pine cones from different trees and started looking at how the scales make beautiful shapes. We realized we could use the same technique, but with very long slices of the bottles.”

The couple began making vases and drinking vessels in their London studio in 1997 out of recycled wine and beer bottles. This venture grew into a full workshop in Guatemala City where dedicated artisans now produce pieces for Los Angeles based company Artecnica.

Recycled Glass Chandeliers | KitchAnn Style

The new tranSglass Chandelier, which is available in both clear and green glass, is currently being produced by Artecnica in a limited edition run of 15 each.

The chandelier is 19″ W x 24″ L and retails for $5,600.

Recycled Glass Chandeliers | KitchAnn Style