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Joining Bottles by Micaella Pedros

Micaella Pedros is a social and humanitarian designer based in London. She is inspired by the values of democratic design and do-it-yourself culture. Through her work, the designer seeks to contribute to society by unveiling ways to play and benefit from local resources and natural forces in order to empower people. ‘Joining Bottles’ is an experimental joining technique using plastic bottles.

Continue reading to discover more about this innovative project…

Joining Bottles © Inge Clemente

Plastic bottles hide an incredible property; under heat, they shrink and can therefore join things together to create functional structures. Scavenged from different parts of London, all of the materials used reveal their availability, their identity and their creative potential.

Joining Bottles © Inge Clemente

Materials such as wood and plastic are widely abundant in towns and cities. they lie waiting in anticipation to be reclaimed by someone who will grant them a new purpose and function. ‘Joining Bottles’ seeks to develop a new belief system based on what we as individuals can achieve with what is available to us. In some countries this project can make a real difference by encouraging societies to recycle bottles and wood waste, which as a result empowers individuals to help themselves.

Joining Bottles © Inge Clemente

The technique developed by Micaella Pedros can adapt itself to different shapes, allowing one to compose structures from any appropriate found object. The different types of wood and plastic bottles available dictate the final composition and aesthetic appearance. As a result, it creates an interesting dialogue of spontaneity and experimentation between maker and material.

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