January 30, 2013 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
In part a celebration of the social aspects of wine, Brazilian designer Tati Guimarães created Dvinus as an interactive user experience that forces one to contemplate reusing otherwise disposable objects for a sustainable design.
Dvinus is a collection of different sized elliptical chestnut wood surfaces with holes that accept empty wine bottles the user selects and places, in the process creating and determining the table’s purpose.
Think of it as a DIY or design-it-yourself table and accessories kit that includes the tops–you add your imagination and about 22 recycled bottles.
The wine bottles become table legs, their weight providing the necessary balance and support for the recycled treated and waxed wood boards. As they poke through the suface, the bottle necks acquire new user-determined purposes–as vases, candlesticks, or bowls.
Dvinus is a modular quick change artist. Narrow shaped tops of varying lengths combined with wider ones can connect to form a number of different table designs.
Additional fittings add more functions: a small metal sheet balanced on top of a couple of corks becomes a hotplate to keep tea or food warm, a glass overlay is at once an impromptu and erasable writing surface.
By placing an ordinary cork into the opening of one upright and one downward facing bottle opening, Guimarães cleverly uses the single cork to join two bottles, adding height and turning the top bottle into a candle holder or bowl.
The one caveat here: unless you can find a bottle whose base is already removed, you need to be a bit crafty to cut off the bottom of the bottle to create the wider opening. Here’s an easy way to cut a bottle.
Dvinus does not come with instructions, or require tools for assembly. The user supplies the both the recycled bottles and the imagination for determining how to accessorize what might become a dining table, coffee table, or maybe a series of side tables of staggered heights.
Candlelit dinner and a game of tic tac toe? Perhaps tea for two warmed on a hotplate, or a table laid out with beautiful designed canapés.
As the chief designer for Ciclus, an ecodesign company, Guimarães first presented her Dvinus collection at the 2012 Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. She has purposely recycled wine-related objects before, turning corks into her Bakus Table Mat, and for her design of Cavallum, a wooden wine box turned into a lamp.
€47.00-€47o.00 via Ciclus.