A rule of thumb I live by when I buy things that are not basic necessities: “Does this piece speak to me?”
Yes, may ganoin.
When I saw these upcycled lamps from Vitrum when I dropped by the Legazpi Sunday Market in Makati, sabi nila sa akin “iuwi mo na kami, now na.”
And I did.
Lamps made from found objects
Hand-assembled; no welded parts
There are no pieces that are exactly the same
Vitrum was founded by environmentalist Ian Sarra, who, out of necessity, discovered that he can make beautiful things with his hands. And being an eco-warrior, it was only fitting that he crafted his one-of-a-kind lamps with found objects – wine bottles, wood, bike parts, pipes, cassette tapes, and vintage rotary phones, to name a few.
Patapon man sa iyong paningin, may pakinabang parin. And I, thank you.
The results are real conversation starters na very steampunk/industrial ang vibe.
Take for instance, this soldier lamp made from pipes and an army helmet. Ready sumagupa sa dilim.
I also got this other robot lamp, this time with an analog camera for its head. Fun, quirky, and can give any living space personality.
According to Ian, there are no welded parts, and all pieces are painstakingly assembled by hand. If you have a design in mind, Vitrum is open to commissions. Give them a head’s up ahead of time and they can craft lamps as event giveaways, too.
Aside from Legazpi Sunday Market, Vitrum has stockists such as The Craft Central, Common Room PH, and Handcrafted by Harl’s. They also join pop up events, too. Or you can order through their social media pages (https://www.facebook.com/vitrumbottles/ on Facebook and @vitrumbottles on Instagram) – buyer takes care of the shipping.