WesternTrash products are based on reused wine and soft drink bottles, each carefully crafted into elegant and functional products for the home. During the recent London Design Festival, this Berlin design firm launched a new collection of upcycled ceiling lamps.

WesternTrash was established in 2011 by designer Krzysztof Zielinski in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. The startup, which began as an experimental creative project, has gradually evolved into a design brand with an innovative approach to the design process. “We start with a general problem, for example, useless bottles, and we develop products/solutions that turn the useless into perfectly useful, beautiful and long-lasting products,” explains Zielinski.

Over the past two years, Zielinski has created a wide range of drinking glasses, carafes, vases and lamps using materials that have all been sourced locally in Berlin. “Don’t let the name fool you – WesternTrash glassware doesn’t come from the garbage can,” smiles Zielinski.

“We source our glass from high-end wineries and restaurants in Berlin. These venues accumulate empty wine bottles after a busy evening, which we collect and take back to our workshop. It’s a good deal: we get a reliable source of glass; they get a free pick-up service.”

These bottles, which come in a range of sizes and colours, are then taken back to the workshop where they are carefully handcrafted. First, they are soaked to remove any labels, then cut to size with a diamond saw. The cut edge is ground until smooth and consistent. Each product is triple-polished and then sandblasted with the WesternTrash Star logo. Finally, the glass pieces are put through an industrial-grade dishwasher, with the end result being a beautifully unique item.

At the recent London Design Festival, WesternTrash exhibited its new collection of five ceiling lamps. Each lamp has its own distinctive style and personality and comes in various shades of green, white and brown. “Our pendant lamp modular system can be configured to create a unique look that fits all kinds of interiors, from a kid’s bedroom to a fancy restaurant or conference room. The lamps are extremely long lasting and consume very low energy,” says Zielinski.

This new collection marks an important step in the company’s journey from being a startup to becoming a recognised design brand, and Zielinski has a lot more up his sleeve: “Just now we are expanding our lighting range so chandeliers and wall-mounted versions will be available in the near future.”

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