The new materials are created using minimal heat and no additional chemicals
Spotted: Using waste porcelain and tiles that normally end up in landfill, UK design studio Alusid handmakes new surface materials and pieces of furniture. The company’s material, called Silicastone, is available as tiles or larger pieces for counters and tables, and the range works indoors and out. Everything made by the studio is a minimum of 98 per cent recycled material, and, other than colour, nothing new is added during the recycling process.
The studio uses a low-heat process to bind materials together, eschewing additional chemicals, resin, and concrete. All production waste is reincorporated into the manufacturing process, and all pieces can ultimately be recycled again. As well as tiles and solid surfaces, the studio creates bespoke furniture ranges in its Alusid Home collection and collaborates with other designers for one-off collections.
Alusid ensures that other materials it works with are certified sustainable and, the studio always works to incorporate offcuts and waste into additional rounds of production. As makers, the studio team constantly tests new combinations and processes and is working to incorporate more types of waste into its production stream.
Written By: Keely Khoury