The Birth of a Signature

It’s the small, but very important details that creates something new without taking away the focus on the original vintage object.

Anyone can put a wired socket onto a random old object and call it a lamp. But doing that does not necessarily create an interesting design. And the most obvious objects are seldom the ones that bests turns into eclectic lamps. 

Rusty Remakes always strive to find balance in each design. To look for natural proportions and symmetries, and to find matching colors and materials between the objects and parts used. It’s the small, but very important details, that create something new without taking focus from the original vintage objects. This is the elaborate process behind the birth of a Signature. 



Finding the right object to use as the starting point in a design is the key to the whole process. Geometrical shapes, natural symmetries or threads are desirable. The object must also bring something to the table itself. Value is one thing, but uniqueness, patina or an interesting story could be equally desired.

Several Rusty Remakes designs consist of two or more vintage objects combined. It can take months - or even years - between finding two pieces that end up together as one design. 



Once the design direction is set, it's time to roll up the sleeves. This part of the process rarely involves huge machines or heavy sledgehammers - it's much more a precise and detailed process. Drilling a 8 cm deep, 10 mm wide hole in a 12 mm wide brass part, calls for a steady hand, super strong drills and many hours of filing, scraping, brushing and sanding.

Second chances do not exists. Once you start working on that super rare piece, you really can't afford to mess it up. It's not like there is another piece around to replace it...



Might seem like an easy step, but when it comes to electricity, there's one rule: safety first. All electrical components used are bought from factories with correct and necessary certifications. 

All Rusty Remakes designs are built according to the European Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the EMC Directive, meaning they are CE marked. They always have new and approved cables, properly tested strain reliefs, new lamp holders and grounded 240 V AC plugs.