“Kurk” To Enterprise: This DIY Recyclable Lamp Is Awesome

Since we recently moved (again), I’m trying to reassemble my desk/workspace in an apartment that doesn’t offer a separate office. Right now, I’m squatting in the dining room, which really isn’t so bad. What the space does lack is adequate lighting. The only window opens right up onto a common area, so unless I really want to freak out passersby, that shade stays closed.

The overhead light works for night time work, but it’s a little harsh and seems excessive when I’m the only one in the room. What I really need is a compact, eco-friendly desk lamp to shed some light on the subject. But not one of those, plastic, falls-apart-in-a-week pieces. Something like the DIY Kurk lamp by Craig Foster, perhaps.

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Image via Craig Foster/Coroflot

Foster is a furniture, lighting and product designer from the UK. Instead of merely creating products that look nice, he’s dedicated to developing practical items with a low-impact life cycle. “Kurk” is a flat pack desk light that requires no screws or glues to assemble. Foster specifically chose each part of Kurk to be recycled or reused individually when it is no longer needed as a light.

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Image via Craig Foster/Coroflot

As you can see, the lamps shade, stabilizing bar, and part of the base is made from sustainable cork. The other elements are simple, allowing anyone to assemble or break down the lamp in a matter of minutes. (Something else that’s desirable when moving). The only improvement we would suggest is a different light bulb fixture, since it looks like an incandescent currently.

Kurk was chosen as the winning design for the 2012 BDC New Designer of the Year award. Kurk won 2nd place at the 2012 Lighting Association’s Student Lighting Design Awards.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog