Marion Friedmann Gallery

London, 10-11-2011

Newly-established Marion Friedmann Gallery curated an interesting show in Brompton Design Quarters during the London Design Festival. Enlightened Waste showcased two designers working with recycled materials. Thierry Jeannot, French-born but currently based in Mexico, has been working exclusively with the PET bottle as his raw-material for the last five years.

He explores various techniques of using the bottle and to transform its materiality. Featured above is his beautiful chandelier, made solely from PET bottles, as well as his rings which consist of bottle screw threads framed in re-used silver. Vienna-based Gisela Stiegler has been carving expanded polystyrene for the last six years. Her lamps and wall-consoles are carved by hand out of styrofoam blocks or the boxes that fish mongers use to cool the fish. The slightly pinkish tint in the light sculpture above is actually the fish blood that had soaked into the boxes. Text and Pictures by Brit Leissler for Core77.