Why We Chose This
For these striking objects, Dutch designer Klaas Kuiken developed a proprietary technique to expand and shape the glass, pushing the boundaries of the material. The pieces are made from recycled mass-produced bottles that were heated in a special oven, custom-made by the designer. Kuiken heats each bottle up to more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, to a point where the glass is unstable but hasn’t quite melted. He then gently blows into them using a compressor, allowing the air to reshape each bottle. He creates some of the shapes by looping wire around the body of the bottle.
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