2019 shortlists

Coffire pendant light
by Zhekai Zhang

Shortlisted for lighting design of the year at Dezeen Awards 2019, Coffire lamps by Zhekai Zhang are made from waste coffee grounds.

Zhang developed a method of staining porcelain with used coffee grounds to mimic the texture of marble and applied the technique to the pendant lights to create a pink marble-like effect. The method, inspired by ancient Chinese pit-firing techniques, forms a random texture, meaning each Coffire pendant light is different.

The Coffire project grew out of a commercial commission to promote a coffee drink, leading the Chinese designer to conduct research into ceramic firing techniques. The designer used a gas kiln instead of a traditional sand pit to allow the lamps to be mass-produced while avoiding the high waste rate involved in pit firing.

Designer: Zhekai Zhang
Product: Coffire pendant light

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