Japanese designer Kodai Iwamoto transforms mass-produced plastic pipes into Ex-Portation, a series of flower vases. Exploring the potential of combining an old manufacturing process with an easily-available material, the Japanese product designer applies the technique of glass blowing to turn PVC pipes that were once used to distribute water into works of art.
Iwamoto first uses a heater to warm a PVC pipe for 15 to 20 minutes, until its surface adopts a soft, rubber-like consistency. The designer then places the pipe into a wooden mould and inflates it by blowing into a hose-like tube – a process similar to that of glass blowing. The mould creates a unique indented pattern on the surface of each vase.
Born out of PVC tubes, this collection of vases has recently been exhibited during the Milan Design Week, as a part of Ventura Future.