Victor Castanera's Areniscos Tableware Made Out Of Sand

published in: Design By Ricardo Hernandez, 12 September 2012

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photo © Victor Castanera

If we actually take the opportunity to really look at ourselves and take in everything around us, we will notice that everything that surrounds us is a product of mass production. Clothing, furniture, technology, even our food is a product of production farming and machines. Our industrial process is incredibly fast, high volume and possesses volatile consequences on our society and environment. A Barcelona designer, Victor Castanera, visualizes an alternate production and creation model within the parameters of our natural habitat where he explores how nature can move us to create a sensorial, sustainable and experiential process.

photo © Victor Castanera

The vision inculcates the possibility of growing a small industry that permits the simple creation of a series of products taking advantage and leveraging nature in its simplest forms, without damaging it in the process. No machines, no contamination, only a small amount of resources are needed to create the product. This industry will not only highlight the product but also the process and philosophy of natural production.

The Areniscos project is a perfect example of this methodology as Victor Castanera embarks on a process of shaping the sand by pouring water. This first steps allow the natural formation of the product's shape and depth. Once the form is shaped, he makes sure to extract any residual corals, stones or anything that may damage and impact the mold to follow. Once the ecological acrylic resin is poured, it catalyzes with water and takes on the shape of the volume and begins to harden. The final step is a subtle and delicate excavation in order to separate the sand from the object. A simple process that creates an organic and somewhat improvised collection of plates, cups and trays that is light and beautiful in form. Areniscos demonstrates an integrated object that speaks to nature and to each one of us.

photo © Victor Castanera

photo © Victor Castanera

photo © Victor Castanera

photo © Victor Castanera


photo © Victor Castanera

photo © Victor Castanera

photo © Victor Castanera

photo © Victor Castanera

photo © Victor Castanera

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    Oriol | 2012-09-12 14:04:53

    Nice and interesting work

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    Ayisha | 2012-09-13 10:45:21

    Absolutely brilliant idea, i like to see your video very much. Thanks a lot for sharing these awesome post with us !! I'll visit your blog again.

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    julianna | 2012-09-21 10:29:34

    similarly ...with leaves of vine and cabbage , bark of tree , bamboo ... organic forms are the natural partner of good food . Still porcelain and pottery, made from clay cannot be matched for durability , ease of storage... these are very conceptual and beautifully photographed to showcase the philosophy ....

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    northierthanthou | 2012-11-08 03:18:31

    Neat. ...wonder if the sand comes off as you use it though.

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    Dean Ashby | 2013-01-18 10:23:39

    I love the video of the entire process. I was wondering how sand was going to hold up when I saw how he poured the acrylic resin and it answered my question. I love how organic each plate is; how very unique. I must say they do possess some kind of interesting fossil like quality to it and when stacked in the photographs, it gives a very interesting form. I have a few questions: How long do these plates last in storage? Do they need any special temperature or humidity level in the storage unit? Are there other factors I need to watch out for when I put these plates in storage? I would actually like to try to do this on my own and see what comes out of it. I live in Sydney Australia and I would to find a beach where there are hardly any people to do this.

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