Ukrainian design studio YOD Group has taken ammunition shells used to defend Kyiv from drones and turned them into Downed Drone, a collection of limited-edition lamps.
The Downed Drone assortment incorporates 40 particular person lamps comprised of shells utilized by Ukrainian air protection forces to defend the nation’s capital on 4 Might and 16 Might 2023.
“When our buddies from the Kyiv air raid protection confirmed us empty shells, which they used to guard town from drones, our designers got here up with an upcycling thought,” Volodymyr Nepyivoda, architect and co-founder of YOD Group, informed Dezeen.
“A shell seems brutal, however it’s a highly effective image of saved lives, and part of our historical past,” he continued. “The lamp was one of many first concepts, and the designers appreciated it as a result of it symbolises the sunshine that all the time wins towards darkness.”
Camouflage-print black-and-green-striped shell casings make up the physique of the lamps. Every bears particular person scratches and dents on account of their earlier use in energetic warfare.
YOD Group capped the cylinders with a round brass prime that incorporates a chargeable lightbulb, which will be illuminated for round 4 hours between fees.
A singular serial quantity is displayed on a brass nameplate in direction of the bottom of every mild, labelling the particular shell with a quantity between one and 40.
“The principle worth of the lamp is within the story of their creations, however on the identical time, the designers needed to create an object that appears good in several interiors, even in the event you have no idea the provenance,” Nepyivoda defined.
The wood bins that comprise every lamp throughout transport will be reused after supply as chicken bins.
“The shells killed drones – synthetic birds that aimed to deliver demise,” stated Nepyivoda. “YOD created bins for actual birds that may assist deliver new life to their nestlings.”
The lamps will be bought for $1,100, with 100 per cent of the proceeds raised are donated to assist fund Ukraine’s navy campaigns. YOD Group invested $4,000 into the challenge as their contribution to aiding these preventing on the entrance line.
“Victory requires the participation of many individuals,” stated YOD Group. “Those that intention and shoot, and people who create and organise fundraisers to ship drones, gear and autos to the entrance line.”
“There have been actually troublesome and loud nights in Kyiv,” stated Nepyivoda. “We is not going to overlook these nights for a very long time.”
Different tasks that relate to the warfare in Ukraine embody a furnishings assortment that pays homage to the Ukraine’s cultural heritage by designer Victoria Yakusha and Poland’s set up on the 2023 London Design Biennale that shows reclaimed home windows for rebuilding Ukrainian properties which were broken within the warfare.
The images is by Andriy Bezuglov.