Studio Swine Bottle Bulbs by Alexander Groves
Bottle Bulbs are a collection of LED lights made in Brazil by Studio Swine, inspired by the tropical modernist movement and the native flora. The bulbs are made from beer bottles that have been heated and re-blown by hand into six different shapes. The bulbs are fitted with brass fittings and a rod that is wrapped in a strip of super bright LEDs.
Less than 50% of glass is currently recycled in Brazil yet there are huge energy savings from recycling glass -- every metric ton of waste glass recycled into new items saves 315kg of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. Re-blowing the bottles saves more energy than conventional recycling which breaks it down into cullet first, melts the powder back into liquid and boils the liquid to get out the air bubbles. Re-blowing the bottle requires less processing, lower temperatures and results in a much clearer higher quality glass.
The Bottle Bulbs come in six different individual pendants, pendant clusters, shelf lights and as a standing light in the form of a cactus tree. The tree is made with sustainable pine off-cuts from a carpenter’s workshop. The off-cuts have been hand turned into a cactus measuring H 150cm W 70cm D 70cm.