We’re perpetually amazed by the way that Japanese designer Daisuke Hiraiwa transforms everyday objects into striking examples of found design, and we were particularly impressed with his incredible line of Indication chandeliers – made from recycled plastic spoons. Exhibited at this year’s ICFF, each one is completely composed of clear plastic spoons that have been punctured with hundreds of tiny holes to allow light to filter through them in beautiful ways.

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In creating his Indication chandeliers Daisuke was inspired by shoals of fish in the sea and the result is simply breathtaking. Hiraiwa likes to work with negative spaces, and his Indication chandeliers are painstakingly crafted by using a soldering iron to puncture plastic spoons with hundreds of tiny holes. These spoons are then strung together into a stunning series of hanging lights that sway and flow, refracting and dispersing the light source.

Having studied architecture in Japan, Hiraiwa is a former sculptor who is now going for his master’s degree in Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College in London. In an article from Hidden Art, he said that, “The shoal of fish is always moving, and I like the instability and I think with this sculpture, I can capture that.” Ultimately, he’d like to see his work displayed in restaurants or public spaces in general.

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