Living Pixel by KaCaMa Design Lab

CHY_7635 copyKay Chan Wan Ki, Match Chen Siu Wa and Catherine Suen Ka Hei studied Sustainable Product Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010. After realizing that they worked really well as a team and shared the same aspirations, they formed the KaCaMa Design Lab. The studio’s core philosophy is centered around upcycling, reduced impact on the environment and community involvement and education. Their most striking work Living Pixel is an apt example of this ethos. It is a series of light-fittings and lampshades made with discarded advertising banners. The women workers of the Hong Kong Women Workers Association (who stitch the banner pieces) and ECOLS (an eco concept store which supplies the banner material) are integral to this project. Here, each light shade is created individually by selecting the right banners specific for each re-used stand, sorting out matching colours and sewing each patch by hand to build that perfect irregular shape. The lights are created by deliberately keeping the white side facing outwards — when the lights are off, they appear to be white; once lit, they glow with a colour from within.

 

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