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Animal Farm

Ancient Indian wood turning techniques bring glass bottles to life as lamps

by Graham Hiemstra in Design on 03 January 2013


Making the rounds on the web this week, a charming set of light fixtures inject sleek design—and fun—into the realm of bottle lamps, which can run the risk of looking like DIY kitsch. Animal Farm, a series of abstract pig, giraffe, penguin, hippo and elephant figures made from upcycled glass bottles by industrial designer Nishi Chauhan, defies that notion while reviving traditional craft. Created using a wood and lac turnery technique native to the Channapatna of India, where the friction of lathe turned wood creates a melted lacquer of sorts, the six critters represent a nice combination of art, craft and sustainability.

For more details and contact information visit the designer's website.

Images courtesy of Nishi Chauhan


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