One of a kind
Posted on October 27 2018
One of a kind
When I talk to my six-year-old son about volcanoes, he always makes loud sound effects and pretends that the volcano is spitting out lava that is pouring out quicker than one could imagine, covering a vast space around the trembling ground around the volcano bed. It is all very dramatic and enthusiastic. I am always taken away by his ability to embrace the setting he is describing and the role he plays in it. Imaginary play is still a huge part of his learning. He takes it seriously and I love watching him completely immerse himself into the world of imagination where everything is possible.
However, when I first came across the stunning hanging chairs, crafted and handmade in the Northern Europe burning lava wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. The unique design and appealing shape grabbed my attention instantly and I couldn’t wait to sit in one of them.
When I found out that the material used to create these stunning pieces of furniture is an actual volcanic rock fibre, I was blown away. What has been achieved by heating and stretching the most common rock on the Earth’s crust is simply incredible.
What is volcanic rock fibre?
After researching the process and creating of volcanic rock fibre, to simplify the explanation of the manufacturing process I have broken it down into two main stages:
The volcanic rock fibre comes from melting the volcanic rock called basalt that is first crushed, washed and then melted in the gas heated furnaces. The rock is melted at the heat of 1500 degrees C.
Once melted the mass is then carefully cooled at monitored temperatures and put through the bushings where a sizing agent is applied and the fibres are moved to speed-controlled stretching equipment and then on winding equipment, where it is spooled.
A few amazing facts about basalt fibre:
- it is naturally resistant to ultraviolet (UV),
- high-energy electromagnetic radiation, maintain their properties in cold temperatures, and provides better acid resistance,
- it is as strong as fibreglass,
- the manufacturing process is more environmentally safe than that of glass fibre,
- basalt is 100 % inert,
- it has no toxic reaction with air or water,
- it is noncombustible and explosion proof.
Where is it used?
The basalt fibre can then be used in many different ways. So far basalt has been used in the casting process to make tiles and slabs for architectural applications.
Due to its burn resistance, it is used as an asbestos replacement in friction applications.
Also, products like tripods, monopods and even snowboards have been manufactured using basalt fibre, not to forget the car manufacturing and it's used across infrastructure applications. Basalt fibre is versatile and we are over the moon to be joining the innovation wave of using this strong Earthy resource in creating beautiful and functional home decor pieces.
Stay tuned for exciting new ranges coming in 2019!