Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases
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Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

Japanese designer Kodai Iwamoto uses glass-blowing techniques to remodel plastic pipes into vases, which he is showing at Milan design week.

 

Tokyo-based Iwamoto began his Plastic Blowing project with the desire to transform a mass-produced material into a piece of art.

He combines the "old-fashioned" manufacturing process of glass-blowing with cheap, readily available PVC pipes that are typically used in plumbing.

Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

First, the designer warms a PVC pipe over a heater for 15 to 20 minutes, until its surface adopts a soft, rubber-like consistency.

He then places the pipe into a wooden mould and inflates it by blowing into a hose-like tube – a process similar to glass-blowing. The mould creates a unique indented pattern on the surface of each vase.

Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

"As with glass blowing, many factors such as the shape of the mould, air-pressure and the speed of heating the pipe's surface, affect the shape of each object," said the designer.

"Even though it is a mass-produced and cheap material, I believe that the hand-making process gives each pipe a new value by transforming it into a well-made object."

Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

Iwamoto is among a number of designers exploring the potential of mass-produced elements. Similarly, Eindhoven-based designer Lucas Muñoz recently used industrial steel ventilation pipes to create his Tubular chair.

Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

Iwamoto's vases are on show at Ventura Future – the new Milan design week venue, which replaces the now-cancelled Ventura Lambrate.

They form part of a section called Ex-Portation, hosted in the Loft building from 17 to 22 April 2018.

Dezeen is media parter for Ventura Future and its sister venue Ventura Centrale.