Kings of the Stone Age
From broken sanitaryware to marble ocuts and used tea leaves, designers across the UK are applying new innovation to redundant , not only to tackle a crisis, but also to bring a magical into the home.
Awareness of environmental issues and inspires through design, arms, ‘It’s critical that designers and manufacturers take responsibility for the lifecycle of materials, taking into account what happens a piece is discarded and how the material value can be retained. This has to become part of the design brief from the outset. Creating this circular mindset should also be adopted when designing a ‘greener’ home. Be it investing in an antique or restoring an heirloom that will be passed down through the generations, it’s important to buy pieces that endure.
SilicaStone is created through a process known as ‘sintering’, which binds the materials together using heat or pressure. This means there is no binding agent such as resin or concrete and, unlike any of the conventional ceramic processes, a much lower temperature is used. The versatility of the product is irrefutable. It can be ground, polished and glazed in the same way as granite and, because of its naturally re-resistant and UV-stable qualities, it can be used indoors and out. Not only suited to surfaces, it can be moulded for furniture too.
While these designs are proof of progress, the issues around waste still exist and it is more important than ever to ensure sustainability becomes an intrinsic part of design and doesn’t remain a short-lived trend. The aesthetic must run parallel
with sustainability. Decoding design with our eyes and our sense of beauty, therefore we must have a determined focus on launching collections that deliver on aesthetics with no compromises. But, as manufacturers, we must seek new, responsible materials that play to the strengths of these designs and
incorporate them from day one.