Studio Swine are pretty unique in their commitment to sustainability in the luxury product market. There’s not many other designers out there that would trawl the oceans for plastic to create a bespoke stool or use human hair as a production material for luxury eyewear. It seems to us that they’re almost single-handedly championing recycling and reusing in their area of the creative industries – which is all well and good on its own, but all of Swine’s output also looks fantastic.
Recently they’ve turned their attentions to the creative potential of some of the world’s emerging economies, heading to São Paulo to scavenge unused materials that exist in abundance. The city is known for its aluminium recycling so the team have found ways to make use of this rich resource. They’ve also taken advantage of recycled beer bottles; heating and re-blowing them to form strange organic shapes that reference their original use.
The resulting products are a nod to the Brazilian Tropical Modernism of the 1950s; a cactus coffee table, a standing light that looks comfortably at home in the desert and a selection of individual lighting fixtures that hang organically like fruit from a tree.
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