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Wine + Beer Bottles Meet Fluid Design

TranSglass, part of Artecnica’s Design w/Conscience program, is a line of glass products from up-cycled wine and beer bottles.

According to the Los Angeles-based design company, the idea behind the tranSglass label is to use what they have. They developed the line from recycled bottles using the relatively simple machines they have in their workshop.

“We have all taken an empty bottle and turned it into something else: we pop a candle into the neck and it is a candelabra, we fill it with flowers and it becomes a vase.” These graceful designs are no different.

A diagonally-cut Soave bottle becomes a jug, two Chardonnay bottles make a carafe. Silician table wine transforms into a vase for orchids and the bottoms of beer bottles make a group of drinking glasses.

The first pieces for tranSglass were designed in 1997 and were originally produced by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden in their London studio. Since 2005 tranSglass is produced in Guatemala City in a newly created workshop where young people learn the skills of glass making and many of whom have become experts in cutting and polishing.

Artecnica’s Design w/Conscience® program works with artisan communities in developing countries to produce unique handcrafted objects that reflect indigenous skills. This humanitarian approach supports shared work and profit across borders, cultures, races, and religions.

Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden
Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden
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Double Vase
Double Vase
$59 - $67
Vase 1
Vase 1
$50 - $55
Carafe
Carafe
$50 - $55
Jug
Jug
$50 - $55
Beak Vase
Beak Vase
$50 - $55
Cut Vase
Cut Vase
$75 - $79
Lidded Carafe
Lidded Carafe
$55 - $63
Tumbler Set
Tumbler Set
$69 - $74
Two Hole Vase
Two Hole Vase
$50 - $55
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