June 3, 2012
Acclaimed South African designer, Heath Nash's colourful and eclectic "bottleformball" hanging pendant light has been around for a little white -- in fact, it was unveiled during Milan's Design Week in 2010. Since then, it has been well-received at shows from South Africa to Japan! We have just received our first lights at CO. The brilliantly coloured ball made with pieces of salvaged bottles doesn't disappoint!
The bottleformball represents a distinctive evolution in Nash's work. He began working with plastic waste material in 2004 and fell in love with the material. Over time, he realized, however, that he was essentially ignoring the most obvious characteristic of the material, which was its bottle shape. At that point, his work took a turn and he started building lighting fixtures that employed previously discarded forms, such as handles and bases of old plastic bottles. Although Nash still makes the original flower balls, which are made from pieces of plastic cut from discarded objects in the shape of leaves, flowers and butterflies, the bottleformball is the result of the evolution of his work with "other people's rubbish".
We can look forward to continued evolution in Nash's work, as he says himself, "re-use as a design tool (and material) is still extremely under explored, and it holds so much potential -- both as a source of raw material and as a beautiful limitation."