Product Design Obsedian design in Wallpaper magazine

Published on September 9th, 2014 | by Vincent Jobse

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Wallpaper: crafty issue with Drift

In Wallpaper* Handmade : The Obsidian mirror, by Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift.
Photography: Jaap Scheeren.

Since 2007, Studio Drift’s seeks for dialogues between nature and technology, forcing these two apparent opposites to work together. The Obsidian mirror results from that.  Synthetic Obsidian comes from an ingenious process of waste management in which the conditions of a volcano are imitated in an industrial oven, recycling difficult chemical waste. In stages, the oven temperatures rise and match those of the melting points of different raw materials such as gold, mercury and silver, which are then extracted in liquid form. With an emission of just 0.1 percent, this method is the safest and cleanest way of recycling raw chemical materials in the world.

The ash and residue that remain from this process are then reheated and subjected to a process of vitrification. This results in stable and beautiful black glass: synthetic obsidian, that is molded into sensual, black mirrors.
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Wallpaper*
The Handmade Issue
August 2014

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Vincent Jobse is a Dutch design addict, who fully enjoys the pleasures of the web, but who loves print on pure, old-fashioned paper.



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