Tucker Robbins makes two or three trips a year to source his salvaged materials from the Philippines, Borneo, Africa, and Guatemala. Robbins doesn’t buy new woods – instead he sources materials from old barns, dead tree roots and vintage baskets. Robbins then transforms these materials into furniture and lamps that echo their past while showcasing his expert craftsmanship.
Robbins’ handmade Teardrop Chandeliers pay homage to the fishing baskets of Toraja women in Sulawesi, Indonesia. They’re made of rattan woven from old vines, which Robbins has reworked into tear shaped shades that each encase a single bulb.
When hung together, the lamps create an organic chandelier that casts warm light and patterns upon nearby surfaces. Robbins’ collection is designed to appeal to the world traveler – it celebrate the cultures from which the materials were salvaged, while paying homage to the earth by recycling and minimizing waste.
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