Ensuring you’ll always triple check your coffee mug for foreign objects, Hungarian designer Krisztina Czika has embedded human hair into cosmetic wax (read: the leg, underarm and bikini hair removal kind) formed mugs in the shape of an IKEA design.
Dezeen writes Czika harvested hair from four donors, including herself, to make 15 mugs. Czika told the publication she named the collection This Is Not A Värdera, after the ubiquitous IKEA cups.
“Materials that are readily available and require the input of the human body creates a new way of perceiving even an IKEA mug.”
Using a silicon mold to shape the mugs, Czika would first insert human hair before filling it with hot wax. The mugs take half an hour to cool down and an additional few days to completely dry and smooth out yielding a fragile as glass form not intended for everyday use. Czika explains her work is an ongoing exploration into using such an endless material as hair.
Her explorations have included shaving her own head and spinning it into a ball of thread.
“Human hair and cosmetic wax both have the qualities to be recycled, and contribute to an upcycled production that could be beneficial to our economy.” — Czika
The added fragrance in the cosmetic wax gives the mugs a “pleasant” smell, Czika said, though she admits that most people’s first reaction is of disgust.
“When they take it in their hands and smell it, the first question is always, ‘Can you drink from it?’’, and I am eager to ask back, ‘Would you like to drink from it?'”
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