kamric to: ugly duckling
kamric to: ugly duckling kamric to: ugly duckling
nov 30, 2010

kamric to: ugly duckling

detail showing the use of plastic bottles and PVC pipe

the ‘ugly duckling project ‘ by hong kong-based designer kamric to draws on the literary fairy tale by author hans christian andersen which the story tells of an ugly young duckling who matures into a swan.

to’s interpretation utilizes PVC pipe, a material which is often leftover from construction or renovation. he re-purposes the pipe, in combination with discarded plastic bottles to create table lamps. the form which the PVC pipe and plastic bottle are meant to resemble in a way, the neck and head of a swan. the result is a light which is aesthetically appealing, even though it is made from ugly materials.

side view

PVC pipe is used as the supporting stand of the lamp


detail of plastic bottle lampshade

variations of bottles create different levels of luminosity

bottle details

  • where to buy? for xmas; it’s austerity chic this year.

    nicey says:
  • *fire*

    eyeball says:
  • black is A+ and a must – great

    max says:
  • a neat idea. I respect the idea of recycling. however this lamp could perform well on the market if lampshade was made a bit more sofisticated. Nicely done with the switch. cool!

    heineken says:
  • nice job!

    Chison. says:
  • Thanks for your(s) comment!
    I want to perform it on market too.
    I keep on developing it more detaily.
    Hope it can sell on market very soon!

    Kamric says:
  • such a good idea, be quick about it; or someone else will…:-)

    nicey says:
  • You should submit this idea/prototypes to one of the group investment sites like http://www.quirky.com/

    jordan says:
  • So happy to see your work on Designboom!!!! Nice job!!

    Samantha Ng says:
  • i cant believe that u are dou kam!

    234 says:
  • i for one would like to buy this right now. can you ship me a black one and a tall white one? 😀

    cyburke says:
  • Not sure what you are using to paint the PVC. Here is an option if it is available to you to stain PVC.

    [url=http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/09/make_projects_-_permanently_stain_p.html] Make: Projects – Permanently stain PVC pipe any color you want [/url]

    Atomicvole says:
  • re: cyburke
    Honestly, how much you will pay for this ugly duck. I wanna know!

    kamric says:
  • Interesante

    Adrian says:
  • these are seriously cool! ^_^ i want one

    lcfitz says:
  • I’d pay US for the small one and for the big one. It should come with a 1 or 2 different shades (or instructions on how to make one!)

    Drew says:
  • instructions on how to make shade……..
    cut a plastic bottle

    perry says:
  • What interests me is that you found a switch that fits perfectly inside the PVC fitting.

    wonkavision says:
  • where could i buy? can i contact the designer as i m a hongkonger? how can i leave my personal email to the deisgner?

    stacywong says:
  • Um….thanks anyone who are interest in it!
    I leave my e-mail at here first.
    And i will open a facebook page call
    “ugly duckling lamp”
    for keep update information

    [email protected]

    Kamric to says:

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