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.