Some folks are endlessly fascinated with vintage vinyl, but as analog video and audio cassettes become increasingly outdated collectibles their retro-cache continues to grow. These clever lamp designs manage to both capture that retro look while also directly recycling vintage tapes.
Like strange steampunked creations, the industrial glow of light around the old reels, cogs and other parts of these discarded cassette lamps is at once complex, appealing and haunting. In turn, the accidental rhythms of solid and void between the lit interior and broader room creates a fascinating set of dynamic and unplanned shadows on the wall.
Now, if only these cassette parts could still play while playing a part of the design – the effect of the wheels in motion and changing density of rolled black tape shifting side-to-side would make these even more impressive and dynamic. Available for sale from ooomydesign, these would of course also be a fun do-it-yourself way to upcycle your own vintage tape collection without having to buy anything but a basic light fixture to install inside your creation.