Product news: Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop has created a paper cover to turn any glass jar or bottle into a faceted vase, sold to help impoverished women in Mumbai make a living.
Each Paper Vase is handmade by the women of the Pardeshi community in Mumbai's red light district. The workshop was founded by Pepe Heykoop and the Tiny Miracles Foundation, which was set up by his cousin. "The ultimate goal is to pull this 700-person community out of poverty by providing healthcare, education and jobs within eight years," says Heykoop.
The vase is made of coated paper and comes in white or graduated green colour blocks. It's transported in an envelope and can be rolled down to fit different sizes of bottle.
Heykoop is known for his philanthropic design work and previous projects with the Tiny Miracles Foundation include lamp shades made from a patchwork of lambskin and traditional water carriers covered in leather. See all our stories about design by Pepe Heykoop.
Other similar vases on Dezeen include one made from a thin curl of synthetic paper and another folded from a flat sheet of cardboard. See all our stories about vase designs and all our stories about paper designs.
Photos are by Annemarijne Bax