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A Little Light Reading: Chandelier & Table Lamp by Stray Dog Designs

One of the things I most wish we could do to our apartment is add lighting where there is none and replace boring fixtures with ones that are more fun. Because to say the least, much of our apartment is dark. All. The. Time. Even with the windows open. So I’m feeling particularly envious of the High-Minded Chandelier and Well-Defined Lamp by Stray Dog Designs for Anthropologie.

Stray Dog has long been one of my favorite makers of sustainable lighting. All of their pieces are made with sustainability in mind, and these two are no exception.

The Well Defined table lamp is composed of a shade made of repurposed dictionary pages atop a recycled glass base. The High-Minded Chandelier is handmade of recycled encyclopedia pages-turned-papier mache.

In my opinion, they are the ultimate textured neutrals. They are black, white, and translucent, and still strong enough to visually carry a room. And the irony of using recycled dictionary and magazine pages to create lighting you’d likely use for reading isn’t lost on me.

Why It’s Green:

  • Handmade of recycled and repurposed materials

Price: Lamp, $388; Chandelier, $998

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I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Heather
    January 25, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I get the irony too. When I was scrolling through the photos, I first thought, “I love that lampshade!” Then I saw the chandelier and liked that even more. Awesome way to use old books. A bit out of my price range, but beautiful to look at.

  • KHill
    February 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Oh man, I need that lampshade! 🙂 Way out of price range but trying to figure out how I can make it, LOL!


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