From A Beer Bottle To A Light Bulb Moment By Studio Swine

I love it when someone takes an everyday object whose form or purpose we now take for granted and manages to transforms it into something extraordinary.

Studio Swine (which incidentally stands for “Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers”) is co-founded by a Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and a British Artist Alexander Groves. They are those kind of innovators.

This Anglo-Japanese design studio has criss-crossed the planet, creating amazing designs which all appear to explore how our finite resources can be successfully used (or reused) in the context of modern design.

When most people look at a bottle of beer they see a happy time ahead of them…

 

Heineken beer bottle by Tristan Townley

Heineken beer bottle by Tristan Townley

 

Few would spare a thought for the bottle – it’s simply a container. But the visionaries at Studio Swine had a light bulb moment…

 

The Bottle Bulb created by Studio Swine for their Sao Paulo Collection (image by Studio Swine)

The Bottle Bulb created by Studio Swine for their Sao Paulo Collection (image by Studio Swine)

 

The Bottle Bulb created by Studio Swine for their Sao Paulo Collection (image by Studio Swine)

The Bottle Bulb created by Studio Swine for their Sao Paulo Collection (image by Studio Swine)

 

Light Cluster from the Sao Paulo Collection (imade by Swine Studio)

Light Cluster from the Sao Paulo Collection (imade by Swine Studio)

 

The bottle bulbs are created from beer bottles that have been heated and re-blown into a unique collection of organic forms. In the conventional recycling process glass is first crushed into pieces known as cullet and then melted and shaped.

By doing it the Studio Swine way they have managed to create a clearer, higher quality glass that required less energy to make.

I also love that it has retained some mark of its previous industrially manufactured shape.

 

Shelf Light 5 for the Sao Paulo Collection (image by Studio Swine)

Shelf Light 5 for the Sao Paulo Collection (image by Studio Swine)

 

The bulbs are fitted with customised brass fittings and LEDs.

 

Shelf Light 5 close up (image by Studio Swine)

Shelf Light 5 close up (image by Studio Swine)

 

This is part of their ‘São Paulo Collection‘ which was made for Coletivo Amor de Madre Gallery with support of Heineken. True to form, Studio Swine has captured the local culture and embraced the Brazilian spirit when they created the bottle bulbs…

 

On the subject of glass – did you know…

  • It was discovered more than 5000 years ago by the Phoenicians (which makes it one of the oldest forms of packaging)
  • Glass is made from Soda Ash, Sand and Limestone
  • It can be recycled an infinite number of times
  • Using recycled glass saves 75% of the energy it takes to make glass from raw materials
  • A glass bottle can take anywhere from 4000 to 1 million years to break down in landfill
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