Toy Lamps and Mirrors by Ryan McElhinney

Toy Lamps and Mirrors by Ryan McElhinney

Sarah Rainwater
Feb 9, 2011

Irish designer Ryan McElhinney's baroque lamps and mirrors, made from plastic toys, call up a variety of associations — from a sense of boyhood nostalgia to over-the-top kitsch to the drama of a Rodin sculpture.

McElhinney sculpts the one-of-a-kind pieces by hand, composing the toys and then coating them in a high gloss polyurethane lacquer. The work is both silly and stunning — recycling with a sharp eye toward design.

See more of Ryan McElhinney's work on his website.

Images: Ryan McElhinney

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