On display at Selfridges & Co, Studio Swine's Gyrecraft consists of five luxury objects crafted from plastic pollution extracted from the gyres of the Atlantic Ocean.
The design studio's co-founders – Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami – embarked upon a seafaring voyage of 1000 nautical miles across the Northern Atlantic Ocean in search of treasure. And treasure they found! In growing gyres floating atop the water's currents, troves of plastic pollution patiently awaited to be seen and claimed. Broken down by the power of water, fragments of once singular pieces of trash form swirls of vibrant colours like a pile of jewels. Just like gems, their sparkling beauty implies their worth and the duo set out to harness it.
Commanding the sun's heat – as well as time spent sailing the seas – the Solar Extruder is a passive device invented by Andrew Friend which uses solar heat to melt the collected shards of plastic. Once synthesized into a fused mass, the one-off results are speckled with flecks of colour, essentially the vibrant gyres but at a smaller scale.
Just like their distant relatives of diamonds, corals and stones, the melted objects are then crafted into luxurious keepsakes. Inset into gold frames and studded onto plates, the precious plastics are the heart of an artisanal collection of five bespoke objects. Representing each of the major gyres, a limited edition piece was handcrafted for the Indian, North Atlantic, North Pacific, South Atlantic and South Pacific Oceans.
See the collection during the Project Ocean campaign, on display inside Selfridges & Co's Ultra Lounge Gallery until 31 August 2015.
Photos Petr Krejčí