A Chocolate Banana Light?
The Tall Standing Wave Floor Lamp is made with Cocoa Leaves and Abaca
A lamp made from chocolate and banana? Well...not quite, but
the cocoa leaves used in the Natural Cocoa Leaf and Abaca Tall Standing
Wave Floor Lamps are collected from the same plant chocolate is made
from. After a process called fossilization, the leaf is dyed with
organic, non-corrosive dye to create the desired color. Only the leaves
that remain fully intact are used on the lamps. The remaining leaves
are then re-purposed for use in other projects. The powder coated frame
is constructed from wrought iron, making the lamp very strong and
durable. The frame is then woven with abaca fibers (fibers derived from
the abaca banana plant) making the lamp a unique and beautiful addition
for your home or office.
13"L x 10"W x 72"H
ABOVE: Multi-Color, Green
BELOW: Orange, Sea Blue and Red.
The pictures below show the full-size lamps with
close-ups of the detail just underneath. Colors are approximations and may differ slightly from lamp to lamp and
from screen to screen.
Fossilization is the process of drying
leaves over a three to four month period and then hand rubbing the
chlorophyll of the leaf so only the leaf’s skeleton remains. This is a
labor-intensive process and no corrosive chemicals are used. Once the
chlorophyll is removed, the leaf is stained with organic dyes. Since
the leaves are natural, each one will absorb the dye differently. The
resulting effect is a lamp with different hues and shades (sometimes
within the same leaf), making each and every lamp unique. There are a
few cases in which the leaf may have a small tear before it was adhered
to the lampshade; due to the low-impact sealant we use, no tear will
increase in size nor will any leaf pull from the shade.
The abaca plant is fast growing and is
related to the beloved banana plant that produces those edible long
yellow fruits we have come to know and love in our raw and natural
diets. The abaca species matures in about 18 to 24 months and consists
of 12 to 30 stalks from a central root system. Each stalk grows between
12 and 20 feet high. Different parts of the plant make different
products such as abaca rope, twine, or paper. Abaca is special in that
it will re-grow from the same root system after being harvested and it
can be grown within the rainforest without destroying critical habitat.
The cocoa tree is a small 15–26 ft
tall evergreen tree native to the deep tropical region of the Americas.
Its seeds are used to make cocoa powder and chocolate. The scientific
name Theobroma comes from Greek work meaning "food of the gods". The
word cacao itself derives from the Nahuatl Aztec word cacahuatl.
Similar words for the plant and its by-products are attested to in a
number of other indigenous Mesoamerican languages. The cocoa leaves may
be harvested sustainably (in moderation) without harming the overall
Leaf and Abaca
We do not recommend placing your lamp
in direct sunlight as it may cause the leaves to fade. If cleaning is
required, use a dry cloth or duster. We do not suggest using liquid
cleaners. Other than the occasional dusting or light bulb change, these
lamps do not require any special maintenance.
The Natural Cocoa Leaf and Abaca Tall Standing Wave Floor Lamp uses 4
We suggest using compact fluorescent light bulbs in your
lamp. These bulbs will get nice and bright without the added
heat compared to a standard incandescent bulb. The bulb also will last
much longer, in many cases over five or more years. On
average, a 13-watt fluorescent bulb will create the same lumens of
light as a standard 60-watt light bulb and a 26-watt
fluorescent light bulb will have the same light output as a 100-watt
incandescent bulb. Please check with the light bulb manufacturer for
your specific bulb specifications. Fluorescent light bulbs are
considered to be a great alternative to standard light bulbs since they
promote energy efficiency. We wanted to create artistic lamps
that can be functional; therefore, we designed our lamps with these
bulbs in mind. If you use an incandescent bulb we suggest max 40 watt.
LED lights may also be used.
Please allow 1 to 3 weeks for delivery
Please Note: Returns accepted within 30 days in new and
unused condition for a full refund less shipping, handling, 15%
restocking fee, and any damages.