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Issey Miyake Upcycles Plastic Bottles Into Elegant Origami Lampshades [Pics]

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These unique lighting fixtures are not only beautiful but also eco-friendly.

Yi Chen
  • 8 may 2012


Japanese designer Issey Miyake is known his environmentally sustainable fashion items that combine the art of origami with fashion-forward cuts. Recently, Issey Miyake exhibited his collection of upcycled lampshades for the Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide, at the Milan Design Week.

These soft, flexible lampshades are made with a special fabric produced from recycled PET bottles. The innovative high-tech process reduces both energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent.

The lamps are created using mathematical principles similar to origami so that the 3D shape can be easily folded and collapsed into its 2D form.

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