Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on July 7, 2008
Chandeliers usually conjure up images of opulence and excess. Perhaps a little distasteful in our age of melting ice caps? Well, not necessarily. British designer Stuart Haygarth re-interprets the chandelier for his latest project, Optical Chandelier. This stunning high-end light, launched at Liberty of London’s Trash Luxe exhibition earlier this year, is 150 cm wide and consists of 3,000 lenses from unwanted eyeglasses.
A graduate of the Exeter College of Art and Design, Haygarth worked as Photographic Illustrator and Designer for clients like Porsche, Sony, BBC, Esquire and GQ Magazine. In 2004, he set his sights on design projects that revolve around the collection of objects. He re-uses mundane items to give them a new lease of life.
Haygarth’s finished works include: the Millennium Chandelier, made from 1000 exploded Party Poppers collected after 01.01.01; the Disposable Chandelier, comprised of 416 disposable wine glasses encasing a fluorescent light; the Tide Chandelier, consisting of a collection of manmade flotsam and jetsam washed up on the Kent Shoreline; and a body of work called Aladdin, which is a collection of different colored discarded glassware.
Who would have guessed collecting objects could be so sexy?