Reinventing the discarded – Elise Fouin’s CheMystery

14 Nov

Taking the, normally discarded, scientific “borosilicate” glassware created by students from the glassblowing department of the Lycée Dorian in Paris, Elise Fouin has reworked the glassware with the trusty blow torch to create something which moves from a science lab to delicate everyday home ware pieces, such as lamps or vases.


“Élise Fouin here breathes new life into objects slated for the scrap heap despite their great technical complexity. The artist’s intervention refines them, exploiting the transparency of the material to create vases and lamps, turning a test tube or vessel confined to a research laboratory into an everyday object.” 

I love the fact that they are a recreation of something that would otherwise be filling up the landfill, but yet they do not have that Typical “upcylcle” look.  Elise has a great website with all of her work which is so so diverse, well worth a few moments.  Let me know your thoughts, meanwhile on with the colourful journey…….


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7 responses to “Reinventing the discarded – Elise Fouin’s CheMystery

  1. This Sydney Life

    November 14, 2012 at 6:04 am

    BCD – yet another one of ‘those’ finds… How do people come up with these ideas? Inspired!

    • birdcagedesign

      November 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      I know, although I could just imagine how my resculpturing with a blow torch would end up! 😉

  2. elisaruland

    November 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Clearly beautiful!

    • birdcagedesign

      November 14, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      They are – I love the way they are styled with just a single flower, really simple

  3. marsellaj

    November 16, 2012 at 2:03 am

    So whimsical but yet scientific? Beaker from the Muppets comes to mind for some strange reason.

    • birdcagedesign

      November 16, 2012 at 6:48 am

      Ha ha! Yes I can see the connection! Love the way your mind works!

  4. Hidden Passions

    November 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Science always fascinates me.. and it reminds me the combination of nature and science is amazing. Great idea! + recycle and reuse is something that can be appreciated!


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