Trash To Treasure Is His Design MO: Eugenio Menjívar
Eugenio Menjívar studied design in his native country, El Salvador. Proud of his country, he wanted to use its natural resources as material for his designs, but El Salvador lacks industrial raw materials, so he decided instead to use his country's garbage. I know that may sound sad to some, but Menjívar used his creativity to repurpose some garbage that would not have degraded for hundreds of years, if not more. And his designs have made him internationally known as a leader in the field of ecological design.
Lighting design is one of Menjívar's specialties and he can turn household detergent bottles and old cell-phone chargers into the prettiest floral lamps, as with this series....
"Fruit raised by the sun" are these organic lamps that take their shape from nature, but are assembled from plastic bottles, recycled aluminum pipes, office clips, clay bases, LED's and cell phone chargers.
On a larger scale than the Heliocarpus, the Loto lamps are beautiful multi-shaded lamps that take their shape from lotus leaves. You can envision the original plastic bottles by their colors, once filled with Tide® or All®. Menjívar likens his Loto lamps that "form from oceans of plastic debris" to the beautiful lotus flower that grows in muddy swamps.
These one of a kind purely whimsical lamps give each metal object, found in a junkyard, a second chance in life as a lamp stand. Shades are made from 100 percent recyclable Salvadoran egg carton paper. These lampshades can be painted in any color you would like.
Here's a lamp attached to an old filter...
Eugenio Menjívar's design creativity as an ecological designer is varied. There is much more to see on his website where you can just browse or obtain further information about ordering.