Los Banos resident Paul Baran rescues car parts and scrap pieces of metal to form unique home décor that has a rustic flare.
The idea came to him around 20 years ago when he was working under the hood of a car. He took a cone-shaped filter and placed a drop light down the middle. That’s when he realized it would make a great lamp.
He said he scrounged around the shop for more pieces to make his first lamp. “Everybody that saw it just thought it was great,” he said. That piece now sits on a nightstand next to his bed.
Baran later began to look at parts in a new way. “I appreciated the shape and the design, and the parts by themselves, and just started developing ideas.”
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Baran began collaborating with a friend who worked at the same auto shop he did. Kimber Baran is now his wife and together they own a business called RE-defined. The couple’s work process is to recycle, design and build. They use metal, glass and industrial hardware.
The assembly process consists of grinding, polishing, welding, cutting, fitting, bolting and some electrical wiring. The couple uses some new material such as sockets, switches and automotive air filters for lamps.
People “love the idea of recycling and redefining what that item will now do,” Kimber Baran said.
The couple moved from San Francisco to Los Banos over a year ago but have been consigning and selling their artwork for years. Some of their work is on display at the Los Banos Library through April. For more information on RE-defined and to see the art, stop by the Los Banos Library at 1312 S. Seventh St.