I’m always eagerly anticipating what’s next in Nishi Chauhan’s ‘Animal Farm’ series of lovable animal lamps that feature traditional craft revival and recycled objects. Well, look who’s knocking at the door? Called ‘Dunk,’ these new animal farm design of lamps taps into India’s exacting craftsmanship by adopting the wood lac-turnery craft of Channapatna in Karnataka, […]
Brian Jackson, a resident of Muskogee, Oklahoma is an 11 time Guinness World Record holder who holds the record for blowing up three hot water bottles in just over a minute until they burst. This ultra dangerous stunt can lead to serous injury and even death as air from the hot water bottle can be […]
We’ve seen lamps made of PET bottles, just not like these. Madrid-based product designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón was moved by how deeply entrenched the problem of plastic waste polluting the Colombian Amazon was when he was involved in a 2011 project led by psychologist and activist Hélène Le Drogou. In 2012, he returned to […]
Tokyo-based architectural model designer, Akinobu Izumi, wanted to do something creative in between her building projects. Using her skills and tools, she started making intricate and beautifully crafted miniature sculptures within tiny tiny glass bottles. Izumi starts by drawing what she wants in each bottle. She then draws the cutting directions using a computer program for her guided paper cutting machine to make a few test cuts. After many adjustments, a precision cut can be made over and over again. Assembling each item in the tiny bottle, using special glue and tweezers, is a painstaking process. Depending on the complexity of the design, it can take as long as a few days.
This timeless series of bottles, designed by Tapio Wirkkala in 1968, employs the ‘Incalmo’ technique, wherein two different types of glass, worked separately, are fused together to obtain, within a single object, separate areas differentiated by colors.