zhekai zhang uses discarded coffee grounds to color the 'COFFIRE' pendant light
 

zhekai zhang uses discarded coffee grounds to color the 'COFFIRE' pendant light

for one of his latest creations entitled ‘COFFIRE’, zhekai zhang explores using discarded coffee grounds as a sustainable method of coloring porcelain lights. inspired by ancient pit firing techniques for pottery making, the project intends to create an ‘imperfect’ product that forms a relationship between industrial standardized production and craftsmanship. the result is a series of reddish, marble-effect pendant lamps, each one having its own unique pattern of swirls and textures.

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

all images courtesy of zhekai zhang

 

 

the process developed by zhang involves a low-temperature firing process at 700-1000°c. the COFFIRE pendant lamps are made from high-quality porcelain clay in jingdezhen. after firing, the body is white, bright and glossy and feels smooth and delicate. the interaction between the biodiesel and the sugar in the coffee grounds, which oxidizes to red matter, forms a random texture on the surface of the ceramics (the surface texture is influenced by many variables, such as temperature, humidity, coffee grounds density, etc).

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

 

 

COFFIRE follows the concept of sustainable design by exploring a new possibility for the treatment of discarded coffee grounds. in addition, coffee grounds ensure a safe product, compared to traditional pit firing, which tends to use toxic metals as coloring materials. the project also replaces the traditional sand pit with a gas kiln to achieve mass production, solving the problem of the high waste rate of traditional pit firing.

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

used coffee grounds color the 'COFFIRE' porcelain pendant light, designed by zhekai zhang designboom

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘COFFIRE’

design: zhekai zhang

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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