Jill Fehrenbacher

TRANSGLASS Recycled Glass Tableware

by , 06/13/06

TranSglass is one of our favorite recycled-design projects of all time. Contradicting the old notion that recycling in design equals handicrafts made from buttons and popsickle sticks – the TranSglass project proves once and for all that the efficient reuse of waste materials can go hand in hand with haute design.

Designers Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden have created a gorgeous line of tableware from recycled wine and beer bottles from the restaurant industry. Tumblers, vases, and carafes are all fashioned through collecting, cleaning and re-cutting old glassware into new shapes.


Best of all, although TranSglass is already recognized world wide as a design classic, its Guatemalan fair-trade manufacturing process allows the glassware to be produced at a low cost, keeping retail prices surprising affordable. So even though TranSglass is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, you can still purchase some of your own for under $30 — and know that your money is supporting independent artisans in Guatemala. Eco-friendly, fair-trade, beautiful, and affordable — could it get any better than this? We don’t think so.

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7 Comments

  1. samreen November 29, 2010 at 7:49 am

    yes it is really dam facinating

  2. Globally Green Living &... March 7, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    [...] about some funky recycled glassware from Inhabitat? Independent artisans make this recycled line from Guatemala. These fair trade [...]

  3. Inhabitat » GREEN... November 27, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    [...] of out all-time favorite eco designs, Tord Boontje’s line of recycled glassware makes a perfect holiday gift. The beautiful [...]

  4. Inhabitat » ARTEC... December 6, 2006 at 8:39 pm

    [...] In an industrial economy that is none too kind to craft labor, its exciting to see a growing number of design companies beginning to prioritize social responsibility in their manufacturing and labor practices. Among the most inspiring is Artecnica, the L.A. based design firm that produces some of our favorite Tord Boontje and Hella Jongerius houseware designs. The Design with a Conscience project has partnered with Aid to Artisans and various celebrity designers to produce designs that are simultaneously sustainable, socially conscious and even affordable. [...]

  5. Inhabitat » Blog ... November 11, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    [...] If you’ve stopped by Target recently you probably noticed a new design star has joined the (increasingly groundbreaking) Target canon of hot-shot designers. We are excited to announce that one of Inhabitat’s all-time favorite designers- Tord Boontje- has decided to go the Target route and bring his enchanting designs to the masses for rock bottom Target prices. [...]

  6. Inhabitat » Blog ... July 1, 2006 at 4:04 pm

    [...] Other prizes include Poppycotton recycled textile pillows, a set of TransGlass tumblers from Branch Home, a Lumen Lamp from Adam Frank, a copy of Architecture for Humanity’s new book, Design Like You Give a Damn, and a Cork Cuff from Studio 1.A.M.. [...]

  7. Inhabitat » Blog ... June 26, 2006 at 8:11 pm

    [...] The Inhabitat reader survey is closing this Friday, June 30, which means you only have 5 more days to participate and earn the chance to win fantastic free stuff! Prizes include a set of TransGlass tumblers from Branch Home, a Lumen Lamp from Adam Frank, and a copy of Architecture for Humanity’s new book, Design Like You Give a Damn. [...]

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