Even though cassette tapes are retro, they were a really nifty piece of technology. For those of us who were into music back then, they remind of some good old times spent with stereos and Walkmans. There is something so cool about the fact that a designer has taken it upon herself to make use of this old technology, which will usually just end up in landfills.
There is something nostalgic about cassette tapes. Most of us have had some and used them in our Walkman before MP3 players existed. The cassette tape is an analog version of something that has almost certainly become digital. Sure they were bulky, had poor sound quality, and weren't as good as vinyl, yet they were useful. You bought one or made a mix tape from the radio and just listened to tunes. The whole process of making a mix tape is so different from the way we listen to music, with playlists and MP3s.
To keep all these old tapes out of the landfill, Ooomydesign has come up with a gorgeous way of making a new lamp, using old cassette tapes. These lamps are linked together with plastic tie wraps and are available in different sizes. Designer Vanesa Moreno is also open to barter a lamp for those who will send in a collection of cassette tapes. That's pretty coo! She will use these for making cassette tape chairs, desks and other retro inspired items. The small version is available for $56 and the floor lamp will set you back $311. They are both available from the Ooomydesign online store. The better option is to go rummaging through your garage or attic and send Vanesa your old cassette tapes in exchange for a lamp!
Cassette Tape USB Hub