Re-Nest was thrilled when designer extraordinaire Andi Kovel of Esque Studio gave us a sneak peek of the firm's upcoming offerings at ICFF. Esque's glass creations continually push the bounds of thoughtful, chic design while keeping to myriad green principles that Kovel and co-founder Justin Parker hold dear. The results? As cutting-edge as ever. More after the jump.
The eco rundown is this: At Esque's Portland, OR, studio, two electric furnaces that run up to 10 times as efficiently as a traditional gas furnace—and produce no CO2 emissions— run on wind power. Every day, 100 pounds of recycled glass are funneled into the smaller furnace, becoming the material palette for a collection of 100 percent recycled and chemical-free glass products that are then packaged with biodegradable peanuts and other reclaimed substances. Added bonus: the office collects rainwater for cleaning.
As for the collection debuting this year at ICFF, Kovel cites the "juxtapositions of symbolism" as the predominant theme, embracing subtle pairings to create fresh results: masculine/feminine, faux/real, past/present. "Our goal was to create modern heirlooms that they would truly would become objects passed on to generations to come," Kovel explains. Shown above is the nine-inch OB-J slingshot, the OUF glass-and-ceramic egg cup, and the NARCISSUS silvered-and-etched glass mirror. Visit Esque Studio for info.
(Images: Brenton Salo)