Can City / Studio Swine

The Brazilian design duo architect Azusa Murakami and artist Alexander Groves of Studio Swine, created the Can City, a mobile foundry fueled by waste vegetable oil, that can produce on location various sand casted objects, using recycled aluminium cans from the streets of São Paulo. Check out the above short film on Can City project by Juriaan Booij.

Studio Swine can city

Artists describing the project:

In a city with some 20 million residence the waste is on a massive scale, however over 80% of the recycling is collected by an informal system of independent waste collectors known as Catadores who pull their handmade carts around the streets. Can City creates a system where their livelihoods can extend beyond rubbish collection. Where the majority of carbon cost is in the transportation of goods rather than their production – Can City explores the possibility of industry returning to our cities, using free metal and free fuel to produce an endless range of individually crafted aluminum items adaptable to customisations and able to ‘cast on demand’.

Can City project was made for Coletivo Amor de Madre Gallery, São Paulo and produced a serie of can stools.

can city

can city stool

can city stool 4

can city stool 6

can city stools

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Nanna + Jørgen Ditzel

Nanna Ditzel, egg hanging chair

A selection of simple and functional vintage furniture by Danish design couple Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel. The two designers established a joint office in Copenhagen, in 1946 and received through the years many prizes and recognitions for their work in furniture, jewellery, kitchenware, glasses and fabrics.  Nanna Ditzel was also a cabinetmaker, a background that gave her the fundamental understanding of furniture making prior to its design.

First image is the iconic Egg, a rattan hanging chair designed in 1957 by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, still in production today by Bonacina, Italy.


Perle, by Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, Kitani, Japan

the daybed Perle originally designed in 1951, above relaunched by Kitani, Japan.


Nanna Ditzel, basket chair 2

Nanna Ditzel, basket chair

Wooven cane Basket Chair, designed in 1950 (image source)


Nanna Ditzel, ranna chair

Ranna, the famous 3-legged rattan chair, one of Ditzel‘s first designs, produced today by Sika- Design





Oda or the Nursing armchair, designed in 1953 (image source)


NANNA DITZE dinning table 1960

Lacquered wood dinning table, designed in 1960 (image source)