rags to riches

You won’t believe these stools were made from trash and manufactured on the street

July 16, 2013
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Design
July 16, 2013

A London and São Paulo-based design studio has taken trash, and turned it into treasure. Studio Swine, a collaboration of Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves was able to create a portable aluminum smelter to turn discarded cans into raw building material. They dubbed the project “Can City.”

Using their furnace, they’ve constructed furniture with a “vernacular aesthetic, providing a portrait of the streets,” as they put it on their Behance project page.

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The whole operation is made from reclaimed parts–a beer keg, dolly and leaf blower–and runs off a car battery and used cooking oil.

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Molten aluminum is casted into sand molds that Groves created by depressing found objects into the surface of the sand.

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The team says the project, which was financed by Heineken and exhibited in the Coletivo Amor de Madre Gallery in São Paulo in March, “suggests a future possibility where Catadores (waste collectors) can adopt this system to make use of free metal and free fuel to produce an infinite range of individually crafted aluminum items.”

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