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Airs Apparent Sustainable but beautiful—what Studio Swine is doing for design

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MIST OPPORTUNITY: Murakami of Studio Swine, whose Salone del Mobile installation will feature a tree “blossoming” with mist-filled bubbles.
MARK GRIFFITHS FOR NEWSWEEK

HUMAN HAIR bought in a specialist market in China, plastic rubbish ished out of the Atlantic, natural rubber tapped from trees in the Amazon—these materials are hardly typical of luxury design. But that has not stopped the Londonbased practice Studio Swine from making furniture out of them.

As its name is meant to suggest, Studio Swine— founded in 2011 by Azusa Murakami, a 32-yearold Japanese-born architect, and her 33-year-old British artist husband, Alex Groves—likes to subvert. “The word swine is not especially desirable or glamorous,” Groves says. “Sometimes we think, Why couldn’t we call ourselves something nice? But then we are interested in taking things and changing the perception of them.”

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