Michael Grassi lighting designer and maker
As an artist and designer I am always fascinated by objects and I cannot resist imagining their reinvention.
I acquire interesting items and turn them into objects of desire.
I continually search for different components to use when designing my lights. Sometimes these are purpose-made, such as the shade carriers (which also go by the delightful name of gimbles) which I found on the lamps & lights website and sometimes they are items which I adapt.
I appreciate and respect the beauty, the engineering and the design of the original object and I love the challenge of taking things apart and examining their construction.
Being inventive and thinking laterally means that I don’t throw anything away as I will adapt and incorporate these parts into new designs.
I design and make all of my lights. Each one is handmade in Kidderminster, Worcestershire by me. My pieces are unique, no two are the same and each one comes with its own numbered aluminium tag.
Michael Grassi 2017
"Repurpose" to give something a new purpose or reuse something but not in the same manner. To use or convert for use in another format or product.
“Upcycle" using ordinary objects to make something extraordinary.
“Recycledelic" adjective used when describing something repurposed into something awesome, amazing and wicked-smart new.
"Mid Century Modern" is an architectural, interior, product and graphic design that describes mid-20th century developments in modern design, architecture and urban development from roughly 1933 to 1965.