Illuminated Waste: Recycled Tube Light by Castor Design

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Our excessively wasteful lifestyles and production methods since the industrial revolution, while harmful to the environment and our societal psyche, have given birth to a fascinating genre of repurposed design. Created by Toronto-based practice Castor Design, this Recycled Tube Light effectively communicates past and present attitudes towards production and waste. Burnt out fluorescent bulbs compose the hanging cylindrical form, lit within by a series of halogen light bulbs; Castor assigns new life to the obsolete, renewed beauty to formerly functional refuse. The company’s aesthetic falls “in the middle ground between art and design” with a unique aesthetic that is primarily focused on “materials and their reuse.” Their recycled Tube Light is no exception. Available in three different lengths (15 in, 4 ft, 6 ft, and 8 ft), the piece brings a somewhat humorous light to a heavy topic — in a simple, brutalist form. Striking red or black cords accent the minimal light fixture that would compliment any space, large or small. See more of Castor’s work here.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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