French Designer Uses Recycled Pet Bottles To Create Light Fixtures and Lamps | Thierry Jeannot

French Designer Uses 1500 Recycled Pet Bottles To Create Transmutation Chandelier | Thierry Jeannot

French master craftsman Thierry Jeannot has designed light fixtures and lamps using thousands of meticulously picked, precisely cut pieces of waste P.E.T plastic bottles. At first glance, these plastic pieces appear to be crystal. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) is presenting below mesmerizing luminaires created by the artist using waste plastic bottles. Take a look:


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         TRANSMUTATION 1, CHANDELIER, by THIERRY JEANNOT, MATERIALS: 100eds of recycled plastic PET bottles, aluminium, resin, 16 light bulbs; SIZE: H 150 x D 125 cm /  H 59 x D49.21 in EDITION (this piece): 2 of 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The transmutation chandelier by Jeannot redefines the preconception related to the material value and purpose of waste, unused or discarded plastic material.

Handcrafted Classic Chandelier

More than 20 year-long research on PET material and its characters and origins within the trash system in Mexico City has enabled the article to create this extraordinary piece. Transmutation chandeliers including his other fixtures are handcrafted over a period of a few months.  

Thierry Jeannot TEOTL, table lamp,  2022 | Recycled, repurposed, up-cycled PET plastic bottles, perspex, metals 43 x 40 x 40 cm

“The beginning of my work with the ‘Transmutation 1’ and ‘Green Transmutation’ Chandeliers are the result of a long process of investigation and experimentation with materials, in this case, transparent urban waste (PET bottles) and also the process and my relationship with the disadvantaged people within Mexico City (the social part), Jeannot says.

Source of Inspiration

Repurposing and recycling something old and waste turned up as new possibilities for the designer and he planned to use them in an innovative way.

He shares, “PET bottles containing liquids, nicely organized in a store, and then those same transparent containers discarded on the floor or accumulated in the trash right in front of my studio in the old downtown of Mexico City. My first decision was to use them as if they were crystal and transform them into an iconic lighting design: a chandelier. This was my experience when designing Transmutation 1 and Green Transmutation”

He involved people from his neighbourhood to store and share the plastic bottles and that resolved the question of supply. 

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Waste is Luxury

Jeannot's pieces carry the message: “WASTE IS LUXURY. Indeed his pieces showcase how waste can be transformed into a luxury. Plastic is scrupulously and beautifully converted into a luxury symbol- a masterpiece. 

The classic products handcrafted by the designer leave a strong effect on the public eye in the sense of ‘what you see is not what you get'.

Recycling of Plastics

The entire team of Jeannot educates people to find the right type of bottles and save them from waste and utilize them in various aspects of the construction process.

The undeniably wonderful approach has changed many lives and offers new hope to people that waste can actually be turned into luxury if treated well.

About the designer

Thierry Jeannot (b. 1963) is a French-born designer living in Mexico for the last 20 years. Working across product design, furniture, and social design, his focus generates high added value to recycled materials through design. He is interested in traditional techniques and materials and has worked closely with craftspeople both in Paris (back in the 80ies with fashion guru Thierry Mugler) and later with the workshops he discovered in Mexico City. He follows a design philosophy where design and the production process are never separated. In the 1980s he began working with a range of unconventional or ‘outlandish’ materials, like for example acrylics and plastics. For the last ten years, he has been working mainly with PET bottle as his raw material. 

Thierry Jeannot | Photo credit: Felix Friedmann Photography  

Works are available via Marion Friedmann Gallery  

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