Drop Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth


Design Miami 07: Stuart Haygarth created a chandelier called Drop during Design Miami last week, consisting of the bases of plastic water bottles.

The project was one of several design performances at the fair. The photos here show different stages of the performance. Update: see our movie of the performance, including an interview with Haygarth.

More Dezeen stories about Stuart Haygarth:
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Haygarth has sent us the following text:


DROP CHANDELIER – Design Miami 2007– Stuart Haygarth

Drinking mineral water has become such an integral part of contemporary culture. There are many brands available and which brand you drink has become a lifestyle statement.

One of the repercussions of this healthy drinking culture is the fact that the empty plastic water bottles are littering our landscapes and filling up our landfill sites at an incredible rate.

Currently at airports we are not allowed to take water bottles through security check points, and thousands of empty or half-full bottles are collected.

For Design Miami 07 I created a new piece of work for the first time, which focused on the overlooked sculptural beauty of these plastic water containers.

I cut a small detail section (the base) from approximately 1800 bottles (collected from Stansted airport, London) and placed them in a cement mixer containing sand and water. This slightly modified the visual appearance of the plastic by creating a sandblasted quality which made the plastic appear like frosted glass.

From scaled drawings I put together a water drop shaped chandelier over 3 days. The audience was also encouraged to donate their empty water bottles just in case we ran short during the production.

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Posted on Wednesday December 12th 2007 at 5:15 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Yeah! cutting plastic bottles! and build a lamp out of it! Yeah! I nerver seen this before………………………………..

  • Andrew

    Hmm, I don’t drink bottled water, so i don’t know, but are most plastic bottles blue on the bottom like that? or did he do that himself.

    Also, unless he finds something to do with the other 75% of the bottle, it seems like a pure design exercise (beautiful albeit) as opposed to a reuse. There’s not a whole lot of use for a bottle with no bottom, so chances are it will end up in the dump anyway.

    It looks incredible from afar. i wonder what the effect would be when you see it from up close, if it takes on a more plastick-y feel as opposed to the glass look it has in these photos. Anyone see this in person?

  • UrbanDesign

    It seems like it would have been easy to section the bottles in the horizontal direction to create rings which could act with within this structure or could be a completely different chandelier.

  • carl long

    His work is cool but it seems very narrow and formulaic. From the millenium chandelier 3 or 4 years ago to this wheres the creativity

    • aeglce

      I don’t think so, environmental protection is a permanent topic. Although it used same creativity.

  • Eloise

    Like a dorm-room attempt to make some thing ‘artsy’ with your new roomate..


  • archerdanielsmidland

    all the people in this comment section are idiots.

  • Hmm, I’m afraid archerdanielsmisland is the only one in here I can agree with. So does this mean “design” people really DO act like you see in the movies? This is horrible…

  • The short story: We’ve seen this before, although these are done very well. I especially like the darker blue bottle ends. Also, homespun is enjoying a comeback – read the papers. Difficult to dust, mind you.
    The long story: No, we won’t ever save the planet for ourselves but humans prepared to make art like this keep that possibility interestingly alive, and while it is still alive we all feel happier and behave better.

  • karline

    It all contributes to inspiring us to rethink waste and materials, still very important to keep us remembering and awake. I think its beautiful work.

  • PJ

    I love it. We do need to take steps to recycle. I am in the process of making one as well that I plan to hang in my gym, where by the way water bottles are plenty and getting people to use the recycle bin not an easy task. maybe seeing a creation such as this will offer a different perspective, inspiring change lol such as a reusable water bottle!

  • j-11

    it is a lovely effect,

    it reminds me of a jellyfish in these photo’s (im unconvinced that it would have the same effect in reality).

    why not be more honest and say, here is something i have created because i believe it is beautiful.

    i loose a lot of respect for designers who feel obliged to rattle off some ethical purpose behind their work, stop apologizing for good design, its embarrassing!

  • hehe

    Haha that's just how it goes! People who have no creativity are the first ones to bash those who do! :)

    This project is very creative and it looks incredible!! The artist has done a good job thinking outside the box AND has done a great job executing his idea, too. Congrats! As for the rest of the bottles, they can be used.

    Maybe if you'd try thinking outside the box (like this artist), you'll find ways to use them too! ;)

  • This was so cool to look at! It looks amazing! What a great way to use plastic bottles. When people don't recycle them, they just end up in landfills :/. But this artist definitely used their creativity :).

    Thanks for posting!

  • This is a beautiful piece, which is all it was supposed to be. On top of this, the piece uses recycled materials. Call me an ignorant and tell me that I just don't follow design enough, but I have never seen anything close to looking like this, although I have seen objects made out of recycled itmes, this is still very original.