1. Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes's Avatar
    An interesting read!


    Old phones have bright future repurposed as chandeliers

    By Quentin Fottrell
    Last Update: 1:19 PM ET Oct 18, 2013

    Is it lights out for BlackBerry (BBRY) *? After the company posted a $1 billion loss, and said its sitting on warehouses of unsold phones, theres good reason to think so. But one New Yorker is determined to brighten BlackBerrys future by repurposing the old phones into chandeliers.

    , which specializes in repurposing everyday materials like gas pipes for industrial chic chandeliershopes his newest light fixtures will be a humbling reminder of how far the mighty can fall. This is one way of making sure the BlackBerry doesnt go away, he says. The BlackBerrys are filled with optically pure Bohemian crystal and LED lights, and connected to a power source. The fixture is named the Ozymandias Chandelier after the 1818 sonnet by the British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, recently popularized on the show . McHale says that poemMy name is Ozymandias, King of Kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!reminded him of BlackBerrys travails.

    The dozen phones that went toward the first chandelier were donated by a ragtag of former BlackBerry owners, some of whom were sad to part with their old device. Constance Hunter, a chief economist of the alternative investments practice at advisory and accountancy firm KPMG, was one such donor. Once a cutting edge innovator, she says, BlackBerry was eclipsed much as it eclipsed Nokia. Another donor, Brion Bonkowski, managing director of technology consultancy ROIPayments, says he loved his BlackBerry. As a phone, email and text device, it was probably the best phone I ever had, he says. The battery would last for four or five days. He has now switched to an iPhone 5S. Amy Calvanese, a diabetes consultant, says her new iPhone fulfills the BlackBerrys old role. Its more like a virtual office for me, she says.

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    The BlackBerry chandelier, McHale hopes, will also have a romantic feel. The phone was, after all, one of the most popular ways of communicating on the planet. This was a design that was almost fetishized a few years ago, he says. It was an artifact that was wasting away in peoples drawers. McHale also made a feature out of BlackBerrys trackball, which now appears old-fashioned next to the iPhones pinch-and-zoom. The trackball almost seemed to be an erogenous zone, so I replaced it with a bright red jewel, he says. I wanted to accent the fact that it was a very special part of the BlackBerry. His other chandeliers range from $167 to $15,000, but the Ozymandias will be priced on demand. And unlike many BlackBerrys currently being sold, he says, It wont be cheap.
    richardat likes this.
    10-18-13 12:52 PM
  2. playbookster's Avatar
    post a pic or it didnt happen. Your link is dead. But i would like a blackberry chandelier.
    10-18-13 12:55 PM
  3. Its Spade's Avatar
    what a waste of time....
    10-18-13 12:56 PM
  4. anon(5624621)'s Avatar
    10-18-13 01:02 PM
  5. Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes's Avatar
    Thanks. Didn't see that! Didn't think it was to be in the off topic section since it is about BlackBerry
    10-18-13 01:04 PM
  6. Rickroller's Avatar
    Good thing they re-fitted them with LEDs..otherwise whenever you'd turn the lights on it would've taken 5 minutes to boot up and turn on..

    Sent from my Nexus 4
    10-18-13 01:25 PM
  7. Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes's Avatar
    Good thing they re-fitted them with LEDs..otherwise whenever you'd turn the lights on it would've taken 5 minutes to boot up and turn on..

    Sent from my Nexus 4
    Unless it was a bushel of BlackBerrys with the 507 error screen. That would immediately light up the room like a Christmas tree.
    10-18-13 02:03 PM

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