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Coffee grounds rebrewed into lighting

Coffee grounds rebrewed into lighting

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Coffee grounds from the world's 1.6 billions cups of coffee per day usually end up in the trash or compost. Spanish designer Raul Lauri shows a brighter way to recycle those grounds.

Coffee grounds usually end up in the trash or compost. At best they become fertilizer. Spanish designer Raul Lauri hopes that will change with his Decafe collection which he debuted at last week's Salone. The products and his research explore coffee grounds as a biodegradable and renewable material.

The introductory line of table, pendant lamps, floor lamps, and decorative tableware are all made of heat and pressure treated coffee grounds. The objects are familiar and comforting in shape and aroma. The most intriguing are the table lamps shaped like mugs. They operate without a switch and are turned on and off by placing them on their accompanying base.

Worldwide, over 1.6 billion cups of coffee a day are consumed, according to the International Coffee Organization. Looking at something we forget is a waste product is the kind of creative approach designers need to find new materials, and judges of the Milan Design Week 2012 agreed. Lauri's work in developing a new sustainable composite material won this year's Salone Satellite Award.

Via: Core77

Images: copyright Raul Delauri

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Contributing Editor Sun Joo Kim is an architect and creative consultant based in Boston. Her projects include design and master planning of museums, public institutions, hospitals, and university buildings across the U.S. She holds a degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure