Recycling Dead Media: The Cassette Tape Lamp
As a visual icon and meme, cassette tapes are popping up all over the place right now. I’ve even witnessed a good number of people rocking out with little tape decks. What’s the appeal -analog nostalgia? They did rule as a media format for almost 30 years. Perhaps it’s the physicality in an age of digitization. Of course, they are cheaper and more durable than an ipod.
Riding this wave of cassette love, Transparent House has come up with a novel way of reusing all these old plastic boxes. They’ve created a batch of beautiful lamps constructed almost entirely out of cassettes. The lamps use a cool-burning neon light source to keep the plastic tapes from melting and casts interesting shadows on the wall. A micro cassette version is also available.