Cow intestine

Cow intestine

Inside Out

We already value the milk, meat, skin, heart and tongue of a cow. But what about the intestines? Interested in making use of the unused, Kathrine Barbo Bendixen found ‘a second life’ for these unloved innards. ‘Inside Out’ is a man-made lamp with an animal-made material and shape. It comprises 50 metres of cleaned, inflated intestines from a single cow. The twist is natural, as is the white, mother-of-pearl sheen; LED tube lights inserted inside account for the glow. As the air slowly escapes over time, the lamp − like the cow that produced it − will perish. The design is meant for sustainable restaurants; with their new dishes they may also have to introduce new lights.

Ingredient list

Cow intestines.


Kathrine Barbro Bendixen / Studio KBB


Kathrine Barbro Bendixen uses cow intestines to create sculptural lights (Article)

Photo credits

Mathias Kruse Jørgensen, Olivia Rohde