Sergio Mendoza's Recycled Lights: Crates & Pallets

Sergio Mendoza's Recycled Lights: Crates & Pallets

Range Govindan
Feb 8, 2011

There are so many fruit crates and pallets that just get wasted. This is one of the reasons why Sergio Mendoza created these lamps out of just those materials, including bits of porcelain for good measure.

This series of lamps were developed by Sergio Mendoza from Domaine de Boisbuchet in France. He's part of the team that organizes their workshops. The Domain de Boisbuchet gets lots of fruits and vegetables delivered in crates, and once they are delivered, the wooden crates cannot be reused and so they are usually burned each night. This fact inspired Mendoza to create these lamps.

He started working on these lights, but he sees a future using this type of disposable material to create tables, desks, and chairs as well. The lamps are made from scratch using very basic materials and techniques. Each lamp takes no longer than an hour to complete. The materials aren't traditionally used with lighting, so they seem a bit strange, but over all, they were able to create archetypal shapes using pallets and fruit crates.

Some of these lamps look very distinctive and wouldn't look out of place in a home office. The only thing that concerns me is the amount of wood that's placed near the bulbs. Fire hazard, maybe? That's why I think that if you want to try to create your own lamps like this, you should use a traditional lampshade and work on the base and stem.

(via Designboom, photos by Sergio Mendoza)

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