from coca cola bottle to tableware - bottleware by nendo
from coca cola bottle to tableware - bottleware by nendo from coca cola bottle to tableware - bottleware by nendo
nov 05, 2012

from coca cola bottle to tableware - bottleware by nendo

from coca cola bottle to tableware – bottleware by nendo




nendo‘s collaboration with coca-cola sees the upcycling of the soft drink manufacturer’s classic contour bottle, in the form of glass blown tableware. the drinking vessel was designed by earl r. dean in the early 1900s and has become synonymous with the coca-cola brand ever since, being collected, washed and recycled to be used over and over again. now, nendo has created ‘bottleware’ as a means of bringing focus to the design piece on another level. debuting at designtide tokyo 2012, they have conceived a series of five dishes and bowls which have been produced using recycled coca-cola bottles. with this project, the japanese studio wanted to retain the aesthetic characteristics which make the original piece so unique. the greenish-colored hue of the glass has been maintained, whereby the bottoms of each dish features the ring of dimples – visible on the normal bottle to avoid slipping – and is stamped with the brand’s logo. ‘bottleware’ is produced by glassblowers in the aomori prefecture of japan.

five different dishes have been developed from the recycled glass bottles




detail of the air bubbles


the base of each piece has a ring dimples which are seen on the original contour bottle, integrated as an anti-slip feature


image© designboom


the collection is composed of bowls and dishes



installation view of ‘bottleware’ by nendo at designtide tokyo 2012image © coca-cola


aerial view of the exhibition in which one side of the space was scattered with crushed pieces of the ‘contour bottle’, the raw material for the tableware collectionimage © coca-cola


the classic coca-cola ‘contour bottle’ for which the pieces are based and made fromimage © designboom


pieces of the coca-cola contour bottle waiting to be melted and blown into new table


from coca-cola bottle…


to tableware!


each piece is made by the glassblowers in aomori prefecture, japan


characteristics of the original contour bottle such as colour and dimpling are maintained in the new tableware designs


‘bottleware’ in use

conceptual drawing

  • nicely done

    the form, scale, and the touch of carryover detailing on the underside are all handled quite well

    dbkii says:

    alvaro says:
  • Talisman

    Chaszr says:
  • Nice but when does Coca Cola send them a “cease and desist” letter?

    Miel says:
  • beautiful indeed 🙂

    paul sandip says:
  • nice…but then how is it unique to coca cola…can be done with any kind of glass pieces

    doocy says:
  • GORGEOUS!! How do i get them?

    Nicholaus says:
  • I don’t really get it. Why is this special? To use recycled glas is a very normal thing in the production process of glas making, so where is the point?

    dj says:
  • The point seems to be the perpetuation of the Coca-Cola brand, which is tamped on the bottom of every piece…nice that they are giving a portion of their huge empty calorie business to the art, but if U ever look at a Coke ad, you’ll notice they never mention the product itself, just the whole idea of a lifestyle it somehow engenders. For my part, never been a coke fan, and hate the fact that kids can access it in schools. Coke sucks, but whoever is in charge of their advert program is a genius. Don’t perpetuate the bulls*&t.. Drink’s healthy and not full of sugar and empty calories

    Pasha says:

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