IndustrialCPH is a Copenhagen based family company established in 2018. It is the story of two brothers with a passion for industrial design and sustainability, which all came together on a trip to Bangladesh.
The collector gene has always run deep in our family. Our father had a production factory with more than 3.000 m2 of unused space for everybody to stockpile their findings year after year. Maybe the worst of us is my brother Klaus and myself.
Klaus took over the factory and ran the operations for more than 20 years, while relentlessly fighting for environmental clean-up of pollution left in the ground by the former owner of the land.
I, Svend, work with change management, environmental, and occupational health and safety in the ship recycling industry and is occasionally in Bangladesh, working with ship recyclers on changing to more sound practices.
The urge to take “Finding Nice Stuff” to a new level had been growing in us for some years and somehow, the finding of a couple of exceptionally beautifully aged lamps, salvaged from an old ship, gave us the kick we needed. It also gave us the sustainability link to creating a positive impact in this part of the value chain through IndustrialCPH.
We have now established relationships with our buyers of salvaged goods, working with them to achieve better environmental standards and healthier work environment over the coming years. We believe that change requires engagement. Not only from those that need to change for the better, but also from those that request it.
After a month at high sea packed away in a container, we finally got the Floating EXPLO and Little BULB home! And unpacking – what a fantastic feeling. Gleaming from being newly polished – all undamaged and just waiting to be refitted to modern use.
The Floating EXPLO is one out of 20 explosion proof double tube fluorescent lamps. They were produced by the Korean company DAEYANG Electric Co presumably around the 70-80’ies and recently salvaged from an old Korean chemical tanker where they were used in the cargo space.
On arrival to our workshop, all electrical parts and wiring were assessed, tested and changed when necessary. The work was led and overseen by our father, the competent and knowledgeable founder of Overgaard Transformere.
Ballasts, which potentially could contain the hazardous material PCB – Polychlorinated Biphenyls were changed and disposed of in a safe and environmental sound manner.
The Little BULB is named after Gyro Gearloose’s helper. It’s a heavy duty old industrial explosion proof lighting salvaged from an oceangoing bulk carrier.
They were taken apart, cleaned, and all electrical parts changed. Originally used with 110V E40 Natrium bulbs, but lightened of the old transformers and refitted for 220v use with modern high quality E27 porcelain sockets.
The lamp was produced around 60-70’s by the renowned East German company EOW (Elektroinstallation Oberweimar). EOW was founded in 1907, and it was one of the oldest German manufacturers of special lights. This rare lamp has found use in both the maritime and land-based industry where safety is paramount.
Little BULB, is a heavy duty – retro science fiction 12 Monkeys style – lamp guaranteed to raise an eyebrow or two. It can hang if your ceiling is sturdy enough or just stand on the floor. You can see more pictures of Little BULB here.
In a safely and environmentally sound manner, now ready for LED only and therefor no use of mercury products possible.