Heat Shrink Series by Daniel Rawlings



Graduate designer Daniel Rawlings has created a series of vases by heat-shrinking plastic tubing around broken crockery.


Rawlings completed the project while studying at Kingston University and exhibited it at graduate show New Designers in London last month.


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Here's a bit of text from Rawlings:


Heat shrink series, a range of products utilising heat-shrink tubing (heat sensitive plastic that when in contact with a temperature above 150 degrees will shrink in size). A variety of household vessels comprising of reclaimed crockery brought back to life with heat-shrink. The heat-shrink shrouds existing vessels to exaggerate and extend their current forms whilst also reviving a lost functionality.

Posted on Monday August 10th 2009 at 2:10 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • LL

    I like the idea! The colors are also nice. I’d love to see this extended to other product ideas, maybe also to connect separate pieces together, or taken to a much larger scale?
    Good, straightforward idea, pleasing execution, i think it can go further too!

  • Kim

    Great concept, simple and great execution

  • Great bit of upcycling, for which I applaud!

  • philip

    Great Idea, I love the use and variety of colour. I particularly like the other products found on his website, the trestle table I believe is very effective and utilizes the properties of the heatshrink particularly well. Congratulations!

  • i never really know what to do when something like this happens… but this is very, very similar (although not exactly the same) to a project that our small design studio based in chicago did over 3 years ago… which was pretty widely publicized through various media (blogs, magazines, etc).

    i know this stuff happens all the the time so i guess my only comment is that it’s frustrating and i can only hope that it’s a coincidence of a half decent idea and not a direct rip-off.

    skin series vase:

  • Shrink tubing on broken coffee cups. Hmmm, I can see SOMEONE laughing all the way to the bank!

  • jack

    Jason, get over yourself, there are millions of designers in the world and this idea is hardly revolutionary… nice though.

  • Wow guys!!!

    The similarity between Daniel Rawlings design & what Jason Says in his comment… I mean, have a look at his link:

    skin series vase:

    And if you are a clever person or a designer or whatever, you can see a BIG similarity. Is it a coincidence or a coincidence?
    This my question…

    P.S.: Jason, keep in mind that creative people remain always creative and it is a BIG compliment if they are copied, it does mean their design is simply great! As a designer I know what I am talking about :)

    Francois Beydoun

  • b

    dear jason..
    your proposal is much more appealing so you don’t need to worry.. much better in terms of material used.. also your aesthetic towers the one shown here! :)

  • H

    Looking at Daniels website it is clear that his vases are only one design, of many, in a range of heat shirnk products! This appears not to be a rip off but simlpy a coincidence and i think that Daniels vases show a great use of materials and colour.

    ps. i thnk your spindle lamp is beautiful.

  • tc

    this proves to me that it does not pay to be published on dezeen. cause no matter what you do…some punk will be there to say…I DONE IT FIRST!

  • B

    great minds think alike…?
    well people who think that design is about cute ideas for simple products, very often think alike. that is what you get after to many years of conceptual design..the world is running out of concepts..
    if something is so much based on one (simple) idea that can be done with some material that everybody can get their hands on..it probably already exsist somewhere..if not for real than as an idea in the head of the designer.
    In that case,…don’t stop and try to find another idea..try making the most attractive beautiful product worth the material..and you may make the best one yet….and wel…I think the vase is a lot of fuss for holding up one flower. a lot of fuss and wel..not very elegant..but I seem to be alone in this one
    oh yes..that shrinking tube is probably more exspensive than the broken cup, looks cheap, but plastic like that is quite exspensive (at least in the shop where I used to buy it) the thriftshop will probably have a seconhand vase on the shelf for less money….but that is from a very practical point of view.

  • byronn

    So what if there is a similarity between the projects? Idea comes first – not ego. I think that whether or not Daniel has known about Jason’s project or not, he has developed the idea into something else.

    They are both great in their own way, although i like Daniel’s better because of the re-use of material and bright colours.

  • It is a very nice idea. However ceramic can be tossed into the environment and cause no harm, which is not the case for plastic. So in order to reuse a broken cup, you bring in toxic materials which probably won’t have a very long life as a vase. I think this idea would be more useful if it was applied to objects made of other materials.

  • Dave Thompson

    Daniel if your going to take photo’s for a design website i suggest you use models without disgusting festival bracelets on!!

    It looks most unprofessional!!

  • This is an example of downcycling: you’re turning a highly recyclable product – ceramics – into a waste product. The product clearly hasn’t been designed for disassembly.

    @ Jason: don’t you worry. It shows your thinking is very contemporary, if not slightly ahead of its time. Designers should stop claiming originality. Authenticity is way more meaningful. It’s a shame that designers don’t share their references. eg the Homer chair

  • jur

    It’s about re-using old products. Could be used for a bigger range and variety in size, (old vases, bottles, glasses blabla)and products. Jasons idea isn’t about that at all: all the same.

  • Jim

    If we are all being serious here… Jason, did you do any IP protection for your design? (design patent, utility patent, trademark, copyright, creative commons license, etc?) I know it’s hard to do because it can get expensive especially when your company is young. I wouldn’t worry about it though. You already have build up relationships with retailers and have had it on the market for long enough that there probably will not be confusion between the 2 works.