Designer Makes an Eco Lighting Accessory from Java and Scrap Paper

By: Amelia Roblin - Jan 12, 2015
References: ryan-j & tuvie
If you happen to find yourself with expired coffee grounds and a full recycling bin, perhaps you could have a go at producing your own coffee lampshade. If you're less than confident about your artisanal abilities, however, leave it up to the talented Ryan Jongwoo Choi to turn trash into something wonderful.

Just three ingredients were combined to manufacture an incredibly organic and eco-friendly lighting accessory: recycled paper, ground coffee and cornstarch. The creator wet-mixed these materials together and set them into ring-shaped molds to form the stacking components of the conical sculpture. Assembled and dried, the Oriental Coffee Lampshade has a lovely earthy look about it, yet it presents another pair of pluses. The product exudes a delightful aroma and the entire thing can be decomposed in the soil whenever you might be done with it.