A new annual showcase at London Design Fair called Material of the Year aims to introduce visitors to the most intriguing materials in today’s design world. September’s inaugural event puts Jesmonite in the spotlight.
Invented in the UK in 1984, Jesmonite is an acrylic-modified gypsum composite that can be used to replicate the appearance of any material texture, in any colour. Originally adopted by architects and builders, this lightweight and versatile material is now a popular choice among designers for a multitude of products and sculptural objects.
The highlight of the showcase will be Rustiles – a largescale, site-specific installation by British design studio Prin London. Its founder, Ariane Prin, has been working with Jesmonite since 2013, combining it with waste metallic dust to create unique, strata-like patterns on her ceramic series Rust. She is using the same technique for the tiles in this installation.
Rustiles will sit alongside the work of other designers exploring Jesmonite’s versatility.
Material of the Year will be on show from September 21-24 – look out for more coverage of London Design Fair, coming soon. For more on innovative composites, see New Noble and Composite: Smart Materials.