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Brief Published: 16 May 2013

PET Lamp by Alvaro Catalán de Ocón


Concerned with the growing contamination of the Columbian Amazonian region with waste plastic bottles, Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocónhas designed the PET lamp. The lamp combines the recycling of waste polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with traditional craft techniques. The brightly coloured and handcrafted aesthetic is reminiscent of the Stylus Interiors Summer 2014 industry trend, Tropicalia. 

The shades are woven by Columbian artisans in a Bogotà workshop set up in collaboration with US soft drinks giant Coca-Cola. The engraved iron ring that sits at the lamp’s bottleneck is engraved with the material's origin and details of the maker.  

The lamps were officially launched at the Milanese gallery Rossana Orlandi during the city's design week. For more highlights and launches from the event, see Stylus’ full coverage of Milan Design Week. 

PET Lamp