‘Drawstring Lamp’ by Design Stories

Gothenburg, Sweden-based design studio, Design Stories, set out to create a collection made of industrial waste material produced by local companies. Working in collaboration with a group of producers and artisans called Returhuset, Merry-Go-Round was born. The pieces are made from materials that would normally be thrown away as trash and the results are a charming collection of lamps and tables with an interesting story to tell.

The ‘Drawstring Lamp’, made of fabric from Svensson Markspelle, is constructed with a screen that originally was made to filter sunlight, making it the perfect material for a lamp. Structure was already built into the textile so the lamp forms its organic ball-like shape on its own.

The following is some further information from the designers:

“Drawstring lamp is a textile lamp made from a sunshielding waste material. The lamp is produced locally in Göteborg, Sweden at Returhuset in a small scale line production. At the moment we make them in two sizes, small, 30 cm diameter and medium, 45 cm diameter. The medium size comes as a pendant and the small size comes both as a pendant and as a standing table lamp. The table lamp is 50 cm high.

All the materials in the lamps are reused or recycled. The fabric in Drawstring Lamp is made by Svensson Markspelle, originally used as a sun screen which filters the light beautifully and therefore is well suited for lighting products. Additionally the textile has a structure that allows it to be self-supporting in an organic yet symmetrical way. The legs in the table lamp comes from bicycle spokes and the wood is scraps from a carpenters workshop.
This has been a starting point in our design process and a very inspiring way to work. We also work closely with the makers of the products, Returhuset; they are craft teachers and people who have been long term unemployed and are training to work. It has therefore been important to create products that fit varying skills and levels of expertise.

As we wanted to make an outstanding design with crafted and unique details we sought ourselves to Göteborg’s Belt Factory, to design fabric cords that complement the lamp shade. The textile cables have a three coluored dotted pattern reminiscent of the classic textile cable but more three dimensional in its look. The wooden parts that hold the lamp together both work as a constructional component, decoration and as a practical feature if you want to shorten the cable.”

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