July 21, 2006
Warning: Build Now, Drink Later

Admit it, you've got a stash of empty Carlo Rossi wine jugs in your garage. You also have a weekend ahead with absolutely nothing to do. Why not take those jugs and make some household furnishings, like a chandelier or a couch. Seattle artist Jay Blazek has, and while they might not fit in my house, they're pretty neat. You not only can see them here, you can download building specs and watch videos of Blazek building the stuff.

"Unchanged for decades, the Carlo Rossi jug itself is simple in design, with practical elements like a screw cap and a glass ring handle. It's genius, really. Right away we realized that there were so many possibilities, so many ways of inventing something new and fresh from this iconoclastic form," says Blazek.

He calls the pieces his Jug Simple Furniture Collection, and will be taking it on tour to Minneapolis, Boston and Austin.

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