Talking trash (about design)

Kevin Patrick McCarthy

The Hansen
Medium: Western red cedar
Dimensions: 9 1/4″ x 9 1/4″ x 12” high


This prototype lamp, the Hansen, attempts one solution for the shipping problem. It ships compacted; the user removes the diffusing cap to pull the lamp into shape—much like extending a telescope. (A light cord—included—and bulb are attached thereafter.) The lamp is fabricated from western red cedar, recycled from wine casks, with tongue-in-groove joints and may be used as a pendant or table lamp. Outside of usual recycling channels, the user may simply reuse Hansen, sans electrification, as a flowerpot, trash can, or—re-collapsed—as a high trivet.

About Kevin Patrick McCarthy:

Having worked in the fashion industry for 20 years, Kevin Patrick McCarthy designed his first string lampshade after finding one on a New York sidewalk. Kevin Patrick McCarthy light & shade melds the carefully homespun qualities of mid-century string shades with a modern palette of shapes and colors—and a fashion veteran’s attention to unique, high-quality materials.


Written by JR

May 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm

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