Repurpose your empty bottles with the Paper Vase Cover
Finding the perfect vase can be a difficult task. A broad-necked vessel can often be most aesthetically pleasing, but a bottleneck is usually much more supportive for delicate stems.
While it makes sense to repurpose an empty wine bottle (because generally they’re not in short supply!), they aren’t the most striking piece to adorn your dining room table. Enter the Paper Vase Cover – a tactile paper skin that sits over an empty glass bottle, transforming it into an eye-catching sculptural vase. Created by Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop, the Paper Vase Cover begins as a folded piece of paper inside an A4 envelope, and can be adjusted to fit bottles of different shapes and sizes. And repurposing your old bottles isn’t the only sustainable factor – the covers are made from recycled coated paper and each one is stitched by hand, ensuring high quality while minimising energy use.
In addition to its sustainable attributes, Pepe oversees the making process through Tiny Miracles Foundation, which works to break the poverty cycle of the 700-people strong Pardeshi community in a Mumbai slum. In Pepe’s workshop, he teaches men and women of the community the skills to produce high-end design and provides them with work. Through this initiative, the Pardeshi community is aiming to become self-supporting by the year 2020, which will include access to education for each child, and healthcare for all community members. You can help the community by taking home your own Paper Vase Cover from SPACE on James Street in Fortitude Valley.