Six-Pack Ring Pendant Lights by Bao-Khang Luu

Design Showcase 2011

Design: Six-Pack Ring Pendant Lights
Materials: post-consumer six-pack rings
Designer: Bao-Khang Luu

"I’m a lifelong upcycler. I spent my much of my childhood in the Midwest surrounded by numerous siblings and relatives. We were poor, but we compensated with creativity. I grew up watching my father repurpose materials around the house to make repairs and create new useful things. Nothing went to waste. He even made nunchuks from steel pipes and electrical tape."

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"I was expected pursue law or medicine. Instead I painted, designed, and danced my way through college. I spent a few years dancing for couple Modern dance companies. To combine my interests I moved to NYC, where I fully realized my penchant for making and was rewarded with another nifty design degree from Parsons School of Design. Early in 2010, I cobbled together my first pendant light. Relevé Design was incorporated shortly after.

Having watched my father upcycle over the years, coupled with my passion for design and the arts, led me to Relevé Design. I look at everything and see potential. Am I an eco warrior? No. I just can’t stand waste.

Relevé Design transforms commonly discarded materials into new useful lighting, home accessories, and furniture. By injecting a hefty dose of design into upcycling, we make beautiful and desirable objects that happen to be eco-friendly too.

Relevé Design offers collections in limited edition. Each collection focuses on one type of discarded material upcycled into one type of object. The inaugural collection upcycles post-consumer six-pack rings into a series of pendant lights."

Designer: Bao-Khang Luu
Link: www.relevedesign.com
Location: Brooklyn, NY

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