With so much attention being placed on swans lately, particularly those of the black variety, I thought I’d share a remarkably simple yet stylish swan-related design concept from Kamric To, a Hong Kong-based designer. It’s called the Ugly Duckling Project.
Directly referencing the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale in which a sad and homely duckling gets a major self-esteem boost after maturing into a radiant swan, To uses “ugly” discarded materials — in this case, PVC piping leftover from construction and renovation projects and plastic soda bottles — and upcycles them into something beautiful: a functional, non-ugly, and dare I say, elegant, lamp with a craning neck and head that resembles a swan. I can totally see these lamps gracing industrial chic living spaces (e.g. urban loft apartments).