Synthetic obsidian tiles show how we can find value in unexpected materials.
How do we perceive man-made nature? Stone wool production is the only glass industry in Iceland using local resources. Until now, used stone wool has not been recycled. By utilizing the materials potential, the value can be increased. In this project the stone wool is transformed into a material related to the volcanic glass obsidian.
The natural obsidian is a rare material in high demand. In relation to the architectural history, ground obsidian was used as coating on remarkable buildings such as the Icelandic National Theatre, before its use was strictly regulated.
Synthetic obsidian is an intriguing material which furthermore has the potential of being recycled time and again.