Drawstring Lamp by Design Stories
and Returhuset

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Product news: Gothenburg studio Design Stories and recycling workshop Returhuset have created a range of drawstring lamps made of waste material from local factories.

Drawstring Lamp by Design Stories and Returhuset

The fabric for the Drawstring Lamps was originally made by textile brand Svensson Markspelle for use as sun shades, but the designers discovered that the tonal qualities and rigidity of the fabric would also work well for a lampshade.

The cords for the lamps were sourced at Gothenburg’s Belt Factory and the wooden components were salvaged from a local carpenter's workshop. “We use industrial waste and select recycled materials from local businesses and organisations, and show their possibilities by creating interior products,” explains Kerstin Sylwan of Design Stories.

Drawstring Lamp by Design Stories and Returhuset

The lamps form the first part of the designer's Merry-Go-Round collection, which they presented at Stockholm Design Week in February. The project is a collaboration between Kerstin Sylwan and Jenny Stefansdotter from Design Stories and the producers and artisans at Returhuset, a recycling workshop in the city that gives old furniture and bicycles a new lease of life.

Drawstring Lamp by Design Stories and Returhuset

The lamps are available as pendants in two sizes or table lamps with stands made of bicycle spokes. They can be purchased from the Merry-Go-Round Online Shop.

Drawstring Lamp by Design Stories and Returhuset

Similar lamps on Dezeen include a layered lamp called Baklava by architects Claesson Koivisto Rune and a polypropylene light in a hand-knitted net for Swedish design brand Zero.

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  • Concerned Citizen

    When are they going to be unwrapped?

  • Jetpackosaur

    I was really impressed. Using locally sourced waste materials to make a beautiful product.

    Then they have the cheapest one selling for nearly US$450 a pop. What a shame.