Metro Lighting is launching a line of recycled glass lamps and fixtures through Kickstarter.com, an online funding platform. The shades are made from clear bottle glass that is crushed, melted, and poured into molds. Metro Lighting builds the lamps and fixtures in their workshop in Berkeley, CA.
"We designed a custom mold for lighting after we found a studio that could cast recycled glass," says Lawrence Grown, who owns Metro Lighting with his wife and business partner Christa Rybczynski. Both hold degrees in architecture. "The glass has a wonderful texture that is evidence of the casting process," says Rybczynski, "Each shade is a beautiful work of illuminated art."
The shades are offered in seven colors, each available clear or sandblasted. LED light engines pair well with the sandblasted shades.
Metro Lighting has been an Alameda County Certified Green Business since 2008. A rooftop solar array provides 100 percent of the energy needs for their retail showroom and manufacturing facility in Berkeley, CA. The showroom features many fixtures built from repurposed items including glass insulators (from telephone poles), liquor bottles, bicycle rims and gears, and traffic light lenses in green, yellow, and red.