Real Non-Real — Formosa Coat Rack with 'Dolina' Marble Base
‘Dolina’ do·lì·na - Italian for ‘sinkhole’,
For By/Product 2022 Real Non-Real's Formosa coat rack is product born of an ongoing exploration into the re-purposing of the sink cut-outs which are leftover from marble benchtops. This project is motivated by research into the environmental impact of current marble mining practices and the interior design market that drives it.
In today’s interior design world, marble is an increasingly beloved material, a trademark of luxury and style. However, this exponential growth in popularity is coming at a cost. Many quarries have already been depleted and are being mined even deeper, causing irreversible damage to the environment. Recent studies are showing an increasing link between quarries and ‘engineered sinkhole’ occurrences, which is caused by manmade erosion to limestone. Marble itself is a metamorphic rock produced from limestone, by pressure and heat in the earth's crust due to a geological process called recrystallization. And although this process is ‘self-replenishing’, it takes millions of years for the process to occur.
Utilizing water jet cutting, a sustainable, precise cutting method that generates little waste, smaller shapes are cut from the sink cut-outs and stacked in various configurations to create a base for the Formosa coat rack. This is the first iteration of exploring potential ways to use this finite material.
By/Product is a new product series launching at Craft Victoria. A selected group of Australian makers and designers joined the challenge of repurposing/reusing discarded materials to produce a new line of handmade products.
The aim of the series is to highlight the value of raw materials and to recognise the threat of material scarcity on designers, artists and makers, and associated impacts on their artistic and commercial outcomes. Through this process, designers and makers work to rebuild structure, redefine aesthetic appeal and reinstate value in otherwise discarded materials.
By/Product 2022 series will officially launch on 8 March.
Materials: hand-bent chrome, powder coat, marble off-cuts
Please note: This is made to order on an 8 week lead time. First round of orders closes 29th March 2022
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