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Applying traditional glass cutting techniques and gold labels to industrial bottles and jars for his recent project called "Upgrade," the young Slovakian designer Tomas Kral, a recent graduate from Ecal (Lausanne's University of Art and Design), is becoming a talent to be reckoned with. Similar to Tord Boontje's transGlass series for Artecnica — everyday wine and beer bottles given new life through cutting and etching — Kral's experimentation with industrial jars and bottles employs traditional craft techniques to breathe new life (and beauty) into anonymous design.

He presented the smart collection at this year's 100% Design in London but it's also on show at a pop-up exhibition in London through 19 October 2008. Get more info and check out more images at Dezeen.

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