Animal Farm

Ancient Indian wood turning techniques bring glass bottles to life as lamps


Making the rounds on the web this week, a charming set of light fixtures inject sleek design—and fun—into the realm of bottle lamps, which can run the risk of looking like DIY kitsch. Animal Farm, a series of abstract pig, giraffe, penguin, hippo and elephant figures made from upcycled glass bottles by industrial designer Nishi Chauhan, defies that notion while reviving traditional craft. Created using a wood and lac turnery technique native to the Channapatna of India, where the friction of lathe turned wood creates a melted lacquer of sorts, the six critters represent a nice combination of art, craft and sustainability.

For more details and contact information visit the designer’s website.

Images courtesy of Nishi Chauhan