Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

By Natashah Hitti

Japanese designer Kodai Iwamoto has used glass-blowing techniques to remodel plastic pipes into flower vases, with the results currently on show at this year’s Milan design week.

Tokyo-based Iwamoto began his Plastic Blowing project with the desire to transform a mass-produced material into a piece of art.

He combined the “old-fashioned” manufacturing process of glass-blowing with the cheap, readily-available material of PVC pipe typically used as a construction material.

First, Iwamoto warmed a PVC pipe over a heater for 15 to 20 minutes, until its surface adopts a soft, rubber-like consistency.

He then placed the pipe into a wooden mould and blew into a hose-like tube to inflate the pipe – a process similar to glass-blowing. The mould creates the unique indented pattern onto the surface of each vase.

“As with glass blowing, many factors such as the shape of the mould, air-pressure and the speed of heating the pipe’s surface, affect the shape of each object,” said the designer.

“Even though it is a mass-produced and cheap material, I believe that the hand-making process gives each pipe a new value by transforming it into a well-made object,” he continued.

Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

Also in a bid to showcase the ability of construction materials, Eindhoven-based designer Lucas Muñoz used industrial steel ventilation pipes to create a Tubular chair,

Iwamoto’s series of flower vases are on show as part of the Ex-Portation exhibition taking place during this year’s Milan design week.

Kodai Iwamoto transforms plastic pipes into flower vases

The collective showcase will be open to the public from 17 to 22 April 2018, in a Milanese gallery called Loft, hosted by Ventura Future.

Dezeen is main media partner for the Ventura Future event – the successor to the well-known Ventura Lambrate district, which has now been cancelled.

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