Inspired by coffee
The idea for this project stemmed from a creative block I experienced while sketching a variety of lamps at Starbucks. I played with the form of a diffuser, but could not develop anything that stood out from other lighting solutions available today. I put down my pen, and took a sip of my drink. That’s when it hit me.
No time was wasted going from sketch to prototype. At Starbucks, I cut holes in the lid for straws to act as legs for the lantern. As it was sitting lopsided on the table, I realized I had to make it.
The broader message behind this project is to look at disposable products from a new perspective. Once people see the beauty in objects that have been recycled, they might be willing to do it more themselves.