Stephen Pikus, winner of Eskom's 2014 Energy Efficient Lighting Design Competition, is a creative lighting designer with a conscience. He has been custom-crafting chandeliers and lamps for a number of years and is a functional artist who repurposes or recycles materials that would otherwise end up on a landfill or an illegal dumping site.
One of his creations – Bright Spark - is made entirely of recycled air and oil filters from trucks. Not only is it a repurposed product, but it is multi-functional and allows the light to be used as a table/bedside lamp or a pendant. 'Bright Spark', has been patented and the collection is now available online and through a few select retail outlets.
Pikus' 'Fire and Ice' range of chandeliers is made of recycled glass and put together using various community empowerment initiatives. The pieces can be found in conference venues, boutique hotels, resorts and private houses, both locally and abroad.
Pikus believes there are many materials and items that, combined with a dash of creativity, can be turned into something beautiful and functional. He cites bamboo, parts of obsolete household appliances, scrap yard pickings and blown fluorescent tubes as a few such items. He has started approaching companies that have 'waste products' with the potential to be channelled into creative recycling/repurposing projects.
For further information contact Stephen on: 079 619 8228