The idea behind our Transglass label is to use what we have. We developed this range from recycled bottles using the relatively simple machines we have in our workshop.
We have all taken an empty bottle and turned it into something else: we pop a candle into the neck and it is a candelabra, we fill it with flowers and it becomes a vase. A diagonally-cut Soave bottle becomes a jug, two Chardonnay bottles make a carafe. Silician table wine transforms into a vase for orchids and the bottoms of beer bottles make group of drinking glasses.
The first pieces for Transglass were designed in 1997 and were originally produced by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden in their London studio. Since 2005 Transglass is produced in Guatemala City in a newly created workshop where young people learn the skills of glass making and many of whom have become experts in cutting and polishing.
Transglass is one of Artecnica’s Design with Conscience projects and is part of the permanent collection of MoMA New York.