Designed by Sep Verboom, the hanging “Fan” lamp is made from a reclaimed metal frame that used to be part of a fan. By repurposing discarded materials, Verboom hopes to inspire a more efficient way to handle waste in the Philippines’ Cebu City. The combination of the metal structure with natural rattan – which is woven according to traditional techniques by local craftsmen – gives new life to a structure that would otherwise go to waste. The inclusion of rattan provides a natural element which connects the piece to a rich cultural tradition of weaving workshops. “Fan” is a perfect example of Sep Verboom’s vision, which is not new or oriented towards the spectacular; it is shaped by a no-nonsense aesthetic sensibility and emphasizes simplicity, sustainability and function. He strives to bring production back to its roots, where thinking and collaborating with local people evolves into a better way of living; his ultimate goal is a complete revolution of modern industry. Verboom views the entire environment as a potential source for something innovative, and believes that every existing material, object or craft has the potential to change lives on a large or small scale.
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