Industrial designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón launched the results of his PET project in April 2013 at the atelier of Rossana Orlandi in Milan. Courtesy of Michael Gillette.
His hanging lights sport textile-like lampshades made from recycled plastic scraps.
Catalán de Ocón’s inventive solution to plastic bottle waste involved hiring Colombian artisans knowledgeable in textile production to weave lampshades out of plastic, converting objects with “a short and specific life span” into a product enriched by the local culture. With a grant from Coca-Cola, the designer hosted a workshop in August 2012 for weavers from Cauca who had been displaced by guerilla warfare.
“The magic of this project has been how a puzzle of seemingly infinite pieces was put together” in order to bring the lamps to market.