Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine spent five months in São Paulo, Brazil, gathering materials and visual inspiration for a collection inspired by the South American city.

The lounge chair is made from sand-cast aluminum, and the motif is reminiscent of the shadows cast from palm fronds.

Side view.

A super nice organic geometry.

Every angle offers a completely different silhouette.

The chair is offered in a variety of bright colors that reflect the vibrant local scene.

My personal favorite.

This would look fantastic poolside--and the armrest looks wide and flat enough to hold a cocktail, too.

Conventional recycling methods--where bottles are broken down into powder, mixed with new minerals, then brought to a boil--aren’t exactly energy efficient.

Instead, Murakami and Groves eliminated a few steps, heating their bottles in a kiln to the perfect temperature for re-blowing.

The pendant cluster has handblown pendants with LEDs and fabric cables.

The shelf light has a hardwood base with brass accents, handblown bulbs, and a fabric cable.

Heineken sponsored the trip, so green glass makes a prominent appearance (but, fortuitously, works perfectly with the theme).

It’s offered in clear glass as well.

Sand-cast aluminum legs topped with an angular pane of glass make up the coffee table in the series.

Each leg looks like it was plucked directly from a plant and transformed into furniture.

“We hope to break the preconception that ‘green’ design will look ugly and frumpy," they say.

The Standing Light is made from pine offcuts and discarded glass.

Each bulb is handblown.

Looks like something out of a tropical fantasy land.

"We want to make very desirable work with as little negative environmental impact as possible. And it’s a challenge we enjoy.”

Furniture Inspired By Modern Tropicalia, Born From São Paulo's Trash

Studio Swine took to the streets of Brazil’s largest city to create their new collection.

Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves have a knack for transforming trash into modern design treasure. The duo, known together as Studio Swine, combed beaches for plastic debris to create the Sea Chair, and their recent São Paulo collection offers a new take on the local vernacular made out of stuff destined for the bin.

The Britain-based duo spent five months in the vibrant city to produce the series, every element of which was inspired by, or formed from, these new surroundings. “We always research a place first to discover what resources they have that might be overlooked, or existing systems that we can connect,” they tell Co.Design. Component parts were purchased from independent waste collectors who corral the “phenomenal amount” of aluminum and glass refuse, and pine off-cuts were sourced from a carpentry workshop.

Even production methods were tweaked. As it turns out, conventional recycling methods--where bottles are broken down into powder, mixed with new minerals, then brought to a boil--aren’t exactly energy efficient. Instead, Murakami and Groves eliminated a few steps, heating their bottles in a kiln to the perfect temperature for re-blowing.

In terms of aesthetics, Tropicalia was front and center: the essence of mid-century modernists like Joaquim Teneiro and Oscar Niemeyer, a taste of local fruits and flora, even a hint of shadows cast from palm fronds in the case of the lounge chair (the green bulbs are also a nod to Heineken, who funded the endeavor). I can’t get over how wonderful the standing lamp is, like something out of a strange fairy tale.

Ultimately, Murakami and Groves aren’t looking to spread a staunch message of environmentalism with their thoughtful work. “It’s more about provoking a feeling, rather than a thought,” they say. “We hope to break the preconception that ‘green’ design will look ugly and frumpy. We want to make very desirable work with as little negative environmental impact as possible. And it’s a challenge we enjoy.”

(h/t designboom)

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