Bentu's New Terrazzo Collection
Experimental design studio, Bentu, has developed a stylish and sustainable use for some of the 4 million tonnes of waste that comes out of Foshan City’s prolific ceramics production. This pioneering Guangzhou-based studio is leading the way with a smart solution that converts this once undesirable by-product into a striking collection of terrazzo furniture, which feels right at home at Remodern.
Formed in 2012, Bentu started life as an interior design studio and quickly gained international acclaim with the launch of their first collection of furniture and objects at Milan Design Week in 2012, which was crafted from recycled concrete.
Since then, they have continued to capture attention through their clever minimal – and sustainable – approach to design. This year, they were recognised with a prestigious Red Dot Award for their geometric Shadow wall tiles, which are also crafted from construction waste.
Foshan City produces a huge amount of the world’s ceramics and much of the waste materials are transferred to remote villages for disposal. Through rigorous product research and development, as well as internal development of advanced manufacturing techniques, Bentu is leading their local industry to actively reuse waste to develop products that provide a new life for materials normally destined to landfill.
“Not only is the cost of disposal high, but the non-degradable materials can also not be digested by nature, hence occupy the land, affect the growth of vegetation and even pollute the water,” explains the team at Bentu.
Bentu’s Ceramics Made terrazzo collection, which is available in black and red, was unveiled at this year’s Milan Design Week. The studio mixes pieces of ceramic tiles with concrete before polishing to a smooth, speckled finish. Bentu utilises ultra high performance concrete [UHPC] for added strength which allows the material to be cast in slim profiles.
The collection includes tables, shelving and a range of pendant lighting, including the Tu pendant, which was featured in this year’s Dulux Colour Forecast.
“Blending material regeneration into day-to-day-lives is not only a bold attempt to stimulate the commercial value and practice of merging environmental protection into our lives, but also the basic adherence to and pursuit of one's dignity,” the studio explains.
Bentu’s Ceramics Made collection turns ceramic waste into covetable terrazzo design pieces that also do the environment a very big favour.