Trash Me lamps by Victor Vetterlein


American designer Victor Vetterlein has made a lamp out of egg boxes.

Called Trash Me, the product is made of pulped packaging spread over a mould and left to dry for several days.

An electrical cord and bulb are then added, plus a bag of bird seed to weight the base.

See also: Packaging Lamp by David Gardener.

Here's some more information from Vetterlein:

Introducing Trash Me lamps by Victor Vetterlein

The intent of the Trash Me lamps project is to create a product that is born from the trash and returned to the trash after a short but useful life cycle.

The concept word for the Trash Me lamps design is transient.

Each Trash Me lamp is created from four paper egg cartons, blended with water, poured over a mold, and smoothed by hand to form a section.

After drying for a few days, the sections are fastened together with aluminum screw posts.

A cloth electrical cord with recyclable electrical fixture parts is used for the lighting.

For the Trash Me desk lamp, a paper bag filled with bird seed provides added weight to stabilize the base.

At the end of its life, the Trash Me lamp can be quickly dissembled and the parts reused or recycled back into the trash to be born again as something as new.

See also:


Packaging Lamp by
David Gardener
Meeraboo FL-1 by
Victor Vetterlein
Found Form by
Enina Waelstham

Posted on Wednesday June 2nd 2010 at 1:07 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • tanya telford – T

    seems this is (at least in part) a “cradle to cradle” product,

  • white

    I really do like it … ;-)

  • junihaoni

    will it burn?

  • vico

    the pendant one is very good, brings the concept very far with its 4 equal parts, very minimalist, i love it

    instead, you need 2 differents moulds to form the first one, that, by the way, has a very heavy style, and the thing with the bird seeds seems complicated (what if the bag breaks ?lol)

    i usually don’t like the ‘eco’-design but love this one, cause it doesn’t claim to be able to save the planet…

  • I think they have a lot of creativity, but this kind of products, dies before they goes in production…… but as material, it is an intereting aproach…

  • I dont like the appearence of the material, I would like to see colors or better finish, but nice work.

  • Xit

    Nice idea, now design it !

    Is what my teacher would have said

  • davide

    stop the red-cable fashion!

  • horrible haridas

    i agree with @Xit totally, in a nice way ofcourse

  • @ davide: I like the red cable fashion and the riveting fashion and the egg carton fashion… can stand the whole lighting design fashion !!!