BLOW, a plastic-blowing project/method that doesn't present the risk of inhaling anything toxic, will leave you scratching your head and saying, "Why didn't I think of that?" (Of course, it's probably a lot harder than it looks, so think twice before taking this on at home.)
By heating up a pre-formed PET tube in a toaster oven and manually pumping air into the bottle, artist Ruben der Kinderen is able to create blown plastic vases with a few simple tools. He describes the inspiration behind the project:
BLOW is a project inspired by contemporary products that have, for many, unknown production processes. The PET-bottle is taken as an example and its automated production process is re-imagined into a manual one. This allows the creation of new and unique products as well as giving an insight into the production process.
The finished product is splendid, but the process is even more compelling. We're fans of design hacks—most recently, we covered two circular saw DIY projects on how to make shapely bee box handles and a perfect wooden sphere.
We want to know: What are your favorite design hacks?
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.