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Brief Published: 28 Aug 2015

Rust: Metal Composite Ceramics

Rust by Ariane Prin

London-based designer Ariane Prin has designed a collection of oxidised and corroded pots, tray and vases made using reclaimed metal dust.

Prin mixes metal dust, plaster and water-based resin jesmonite to form a material that sets in sedimentary layers. This technique creates a unique pattern on the surface of the vessels as the metal dust slowly oxidises. After around three days of oxidisation, the process is stopped with a water-resistant coating, leaving a copper-hued gradient on each piece.

Presenting an innovative approach to reusing waste metals, this cleverly controlled technique demonstrates how chemical reactions can be applied to products to achieve unique and extraordinary finishes.

The Rust collection will be on show during the London Design Festival (September 24-27 2015). Look out for more coverage of this event, coming soon.

For further inspiration on combining materials for unusual effects, see our report Composite: Smart Mixes. Also see New Metallics for more on how experimental oxidation processes are evolving the future aesthetics of metallics.