Work / Product Design

Studio Swine take us behind the scenes of the world’s human hair industry

It’s no secret that Studio Swine are forever pushing boundaries in the world of product design, taking uncommon materials and putting them to universal use. But their latest project is extremely unusual, even by their own standards. For Hair Highway the pair ventured into the heart of mainland China to the epicentre of the global human hair trade. There they acquired enough human hair to use it as the basis for a number of luxury bespoke objects – the carefully-maintained strands preserved in deep amber resin, creating stunning patterns and textures. To top it all off they’ve made this lovely film to document their journey, the people behind this strange trade and the finished products themselves.

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Studio Swine and Juriaan Booij: Hair Highway

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Studio Swine and Juriaan Booij: Hair Highway

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Studio Swine and Juriaan Booij: Hair Highway

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Studio Swine and Juriaan Booij: Hair Highway

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Studio Swine and Juriaan Booij: Hair Highway

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Studio Swine and Juriaan Booij: Hair Highway

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Studio Swine and Juriaan Booij: Hair Highway

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Studio Swine and Juriaan Booij: Hair Highway