Annie’s always on the move, looking for the coolest, the oddest, and the most inspiring people, places, and products. On her recent trip to the Round Top Antiques Fair in Texas (check out our two photo galleries here and here), Annie turned up these a-may-zing pendant lights by Tony McCray of Rust in Peace. (Yeah, we agree: the company name is just as wickedly fun as the lamps.)
An Atlanta-based artisan, Tony remembers a childhood filled with family trips to country-road dump sites, where he and his family found a variety of treasures among other people’s trash. He was also one-half of a Christian rock duo, a landscape designer, and a builder before he finally heeded the call of the castoffs. These days, Tony repurposes everything from ball-bearing forms to roof vents, typewriter keys, and other discarded items he affectionately refers to as junk into some of the wildest home goods we’ve seen in a long time—including the globe lamps, with teeny pinholes strategically placed to allow light to diffuse through the metal form.
“I guess I’m a treehugger, but not in the typical sense,” Tony says. “I love patina. There’s a history to it. Children have sat and put their hands on and learned from these globes. I love the stories and the heritage of the objects.” Tony also believes there’s a spiritual aspect to restoring items to better-than-new condition, and hopes to collect his ideas into a book. For now, industrious shoppers can find him at shows like Round Top and the monthly Scott Antique Market in Atlanta, or contact him directly at (404) 944-5533 or tonymccray2000ATyahoo.com.
In the meantime, we say, Let there be light! One of you lucky readers will win the Rust in Peace globe lamp pictured here—valued at $150! All you have to do to enter is answer this question in the comments below: Where would you put this bit of awesomeness in your home? The giveaway starts on Thursday, May 17, and runs until 11:59 EST on Saturday, May 20. (View the full rules here.)
Congratulations to our winner, Pam from Florida!