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TranSglass. Two Hole Vase

A wine bottle reinvented as an eco-friendly design icon. Simple and sophisticated at the same time, this elegant vase won’t leave you indifferent.
Manufacturer / designer: Tord Boontje Studio & Emma Woffenden for Artecnica
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Product information

With its recycled origins and sleek, fluid design, tranSglass conveys a positive attitude towards the environment, affirmed as an Artecnica “Design With Conscience” project. With the help of Aid to Artisans, a non-profit organization providing assistance to artisans worldwide, Artecnica collaborated with Guatemalan craftsmen to bring Emma Woffenden and Tord Boontje’s designs to the market. Combining old-world craftsmanship and sophisticated design, each tranSglass vessel is a unique, one-of-a-kind piece. tranSglass® is included in the permanent collection of MoMA New York.

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- Features: Satin glass vase.

- Dimensions: 26.1 cm.

- Material: Glass.

- Colour: Variable, depends on the original bottle.

Environmental and social information

Design w/Conscience is a program to manufacture and produce products in accordance with humanitarian and environmentally friendly principles, founded by Artecnica in 2002. Artecnica had invited talented designers of international fame to contribute new ideas to an ever expanding design collection and to team them with artisans in need around the world, invigorating commerce and assisting surrounding communities.

The mission is to promote self-sustaining communities of talented artisans in underdeveloped countries. The model is simple: the value of artisan-made goods has always been appreciated. But with the globalization of trade, village artisans have become divorced from their traditional markets, insulating them from the potential demand for their craft.

Artecnica’s vision is to introduce into the world’s artisanal communities two essential components: the designer and the project producer. The designer can dovetail the capacities of artisans with the needs of the international market-place. The project producer provides the logistics, marketing, and art direction necessary to bring the work of the designer and the artisan to the consumer. As the project producer, Artecnica partners with such nonprofit organizations as ‘Aid to Artisans’ and the ‘British Council’. The challenge is to develop a competitive product that will encourage the survival of indigenous craft. The objective is to avoid the mechanization of the artisan, which devalues his work and undermines the project from both a design and an economic standpoint. In accomplishing these goals they try to avoid the assembly line production, exploitation of third world labor, and displacement of workers that often results from monopoly-oriented marketing organizations with global reach.

Fabricación de TranSglass

In the case of TranSglass, Artecnica has collaborated with Guatemalan artisans and the NGO Aid to Artisans. TranSglass vases are made from used wine and beer bottles: a perfect example of eco-design.

About the designers: Tord Boontje y Emma Woffenden

- Tord Boontje: Throughout his work, Tord Boontje explores juxtapositions of the old and new, naturalism and technology. Born in the Netherlands in 1968, he studied industrial design at the Eindhoven Design Academy before enrolling at the Royal College of Art in London. Tord has developed a romantic and poetic aesthetic, depicting nature combined with a flair for vibrant colour. Following the success of the Wednesday Collection, Habitat’s production of his Wednesday light (the renowned Garland light), and his continued alliance with Swarovski, designing chandeliers for their Crystal Palace project, he was nominated for the Designer Of The Year Award at the Design Museum 2003. Tord was nominated Designer of the Year by Elle Decoration UK and the Garland Light won the awards for best light and readers choice for Future Classic. Tord Boontje is also Head of the Product Design Dept. at the Royal College of Arts in London where he teaches graduate courses.

- Emma Woffenden: Emma Woffenden works as an artist producing sculpture and installations. She has a special interest in glass making and has curated exhibitions, lectured and acted as an educational examiner in this area. She earned an MA in ceramics and glass at Royal College of Art. London. She has received numerous awards such as: 2002 Arts Council of England grant, 1999 research funding from The London Institute, 1998 Arts Council of England combined arts grant, 1997 The Arts Foundation Glass Fellowship, 1994 Crafts Council setting up grant, 1984 Crafts Council advanced training grant.

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