With an exquisite eye for design as well as the ability to spot gaps not only in the market but in our collective thinking, Studio Swine is a Japanese-British design duo currently working here in São Paulo.
Creative, committed and collaborative are the keys to what they do, as is an extremely astute eye for ecological problems and inventive solutions to go with them. A recent project, Sea Chair, created an open-source process for turning seaborne plastic into functional furniture, collecting the bits of plastic trapped in fishing nets and melting them down in a brilliantly simple process that can be carried out at sea, by fishermen.
With the exhibition 'Can City', currently on at Coletivo Amor de Madre in Jardins, the pair, Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves, have created a mobile foundry that can be used by catadores – people who collect recyclable rubbish from the street and sell it – to melt down aluminium cans on the spot, and mould them into bright, lightweight stools. The mobile foundry is run on waste vegetable oil collected from local cafes.
Another part of the project collects glass bottles, which are heated and hand-blown into new shapes by glass-blowers, forming bulbs that can be used for lighting, singly or in clusters.