Earth, in the two senses of the word, was the inspiration for the creation of Icon. First, the Earth as a spatial element motivated the research, development and application to allow this product to be experienced from emotions. Second, earth as a natural resource upon which different meteorological factors act and which is subject to human, plant and animal intervention.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Properties of acacia wood (furniture)
-High resistance to temperature changes, humidity, pressure and water
-FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certificate
Properties of the new material (washbasin)
-Very low creep and shrinkage
-High Resistance to heat and cold
Chemical resistance. Geopolymer materials can easily withstand months of immersion in a variety of aggressive elements without experiencing any deterioration or damage.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
ICON maintains its differential characteristics and aesthetics thanks to a frame made of metal tubing that functions as a holder for the more singular and differentiating element: the base that supports the washbasin. The round washbasin made of completely innovative and sustainable material composed of an ash conglomerate fly ash binder that both fulfils the function and singularity of being recyclable.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project commenced in August 2016 in Bathco. It was carried out by the Bathco design team in collaboration with the Green Engineering & Research team at the University of Cantabria. It is expected that the product will be fully developed by early 2017.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The furniture element is made of the wood of the acacia tree. . The cutting and extraction is carried out following sustainability parameters. The second piece is a washbasin made of a new material. It is a synthetic polymer developed from Coal fly ash and natural clay that manages to obtain properties very similar to cement but with a reduction in CO2 emissions and energy savings of 80 per cen. as the synthesis of the particles of this new material is achieved at temperatures below 100 °C
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Measures: 94x45x45 centimetres
Weight: 31.9 kilograms
Washbasin, Minimalist, Functional, Icon, Design, Research, New Material, wood, cement
What started out being an environmentally-friendly product turned into a true sustainability challenge. In other words, ICON is realised in materials that offer real benefits to the environment. In particular, the washbasin made with a new generation material: it is created from waste materials, it is an industrial waste that reduces the consumption of raw materials such as clay and limestone.
The challenge was to obtain a product that perfectly combined a cutting-edge design and the use of materials that were totally sustainable and environmentally-friendly.
With Icon, this equilibrium was achieved through the development of two pieces that represent an homage to nature. First, the wood of the furniture element was extracted in a totally sustainable way; second, the washbasin is made from recycled materials, Coal fly ash coal and clay.
TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
-Department of Chemistry and Process Engineering and Resources, University of Cantabria - Green Engineering & Research Group, an entity attached to the University of Cantabria., -Bathco Design Team. and