Saturday, May 29, 2010

Tea Lights

I'm extremely partial to lovely old china teacups and have always fancied quirky lighting, so what could be better than combining the two. Here are some fancy up-cycled lighting ideas bringing Nana style crockery out of the cabinet. Very illuminating!

Melbourne designer Gregory Bonasera wins the "I wish I'd thought of that" award for his Electric Mavis pedant lights. His whimsical lights are a quirky and inventive re-purposing of Nana's vintage teacups giving them a modern twist.
"Electric Mavis is a cheeky take on discarded domestic crockery. With minimal modification, these fine porcelain objects are transformed from op shop clutter or potential landfill into chic contemporary light fittings using one low voltage halogen bulb."Hervé Matejewski , a French lighting designer, creates jumbled crockery lampshades made from discarded teacups and secondhand china rescued from the flea markets and junk shops of Paris. His Lampe Porcelaine collection are assembled from porcelain cups, saucers, bowls, ramekins and cake plates, each in a slightly different configuration.
German born Design student Louisa Köber created these delightful "Tealights" for an installation as part of an exhibition hosted by a power company in Stuttgart. The pieces play with the translucency of porcelain and the natural cupped shapes are a perfect receptacle for a light source.
These sweet nightlights by micah 7 are made with a selection of sliced teacups attached to a base especially made for nightlights. Great for a dark hall way or a childs room.


  1. Oh my I love them!!!
    Will be checking out a few links here...

  2. very cool indeed.

  3. AnonymousMay 31, 2010

    Miss Betty Jo, you never cease to amaze! Those first pendant lamps are absolutely terrific. Good to know that at least some of those odd teacups at Vinnie's are being put to good use now that I'm not there to rescue them! :)