These former industrial potato peeler rumblers were donated to us by our neighbour, Jamie, who runs our local fish and chip shop and gourmet burger bar. During this period, Jamie was refurbishing the chip shop and donated the old contents to us as he said he loves watching a live show of ‘Scrap Heap Challenge’
In reality, Jamie initially donated one of the tumblers – the other one we acquired accidently as it was left out for a repair man to pick up and we assumed he had left it out for us. Jamie popped in to the lab (as is his usual routine – usually just as the kettle has boiled!) and was hugely impressed with the light we had created…. until he realised there were two. After a few phone calls to his repair man and a bit of haggling, Jamie was more then happy for us to have it stating, “how could I take it back now, they look fantastic!”
The heavy die cast metal floor standing lights are supported on a semi-circular leg system, hand made by Nick Levy at the Ideas lab workshop. The hard wood used was salvaged from a length of handrail that we acquired from a local school that was being re furbished. To create the angle and curve, Nick painstakingly sliced and cut the timber with varying angles to not only create the semi-circle but also to give the legs the form of a slight barrel shape, thus complimenting the overall cylindrical shape of the lights.
The metal body has been sandblasted to not only reveal the brass handles and fixings but also to enhance the industrial look. The original top opening of the potato tumbler has been infilled with joined pieces of hardwood and the same hardwood has been used to plug the holes of the working flip over mechanism, further enhancing the overall finish of the lights.
The brass lamp holder fits a standard bayonet fitting and the braided cord and floor switch are finished in black.
When the lamp is illuminated, the carborundum (flint crystals) on the interior of the rumbler drum glint and bounce the light, creating a luminescent effect
The glass that has been installed to the former bottom of the tumbler is toughened and polished all round.