Orange votive candles
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Design for a Dollar: The Pratt student booth at the 2009 ICFF

Orange votive candles
By Barbara Thornburg

In the “Design for a Dollar” exhibition at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, industrial design students from the Pratt Institute in New York morphed egg cartons and old sweaters into lamps, turned dated magazines into flower-shaped stools, and melted bottle caps into bowls. Show visitors pressed the booth, sometimes four-deep, wanting to know: “How’d you do that?”

For those who didn’t get to see the show in person we have photos of some of our favorite pieces. Click through to see the ingenuity of tomorrow’s designers.

Orange votive candles by David Steinvurzel are created with soy-based wax and discarded orange peels.

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Light shade made of egg cartons
Metamorphosis by Sukmo Koo and Young Taek Oh is a light shade, inspired by a Mobius strip, made from egg cartons.

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Molded soap dish
Dypt by Steph Mantis is a molded soap dish, currently in production, which was designed to save soap.

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Drip plate
Drip plate by Catherine Merrick was made by melting wax on an existing plate, purchased from a thrift store, and sandblasting away the exposed areas.

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Sleeve
Sleeve by Sara Ebert is a lampshade made from a sweater that had been donated to the Salvation Army and a discarded apple juice bottle.

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Rope chandelier
Rope chandelier by Amyel Oliveros is a light fixture made from construction rope, aluminum tubing and LED lights.

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Scissors
Scissors by Brian Persico are laser cut directly from discarded saw blades. (Diana Pau)
Crystal chandelier
Crystal chandelier by Jennie Maneri was made by soaking pipe cleaners in a saturated Borax water solution.

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Bottle cap bowls
Bottle cap bowls by Austin Doten were made by melting discarded bottle caps together.

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Mag stool
Mag stool by Li-Rong Liao was created by uniquely rolling and gluing old magazines.

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