Tile Surfaces

To create these tile, Recycled China has developed a new process of infusing various discarded materials with recycled aluminum. When these two materials meet, the molten aluminum flows and curls around the aggregate material and cools immediately, capturing this rapid moment.

Recycled Aluminum with crushed brick from Beijing demolition-sites.

Recycled Aluminum with crushed brick from Beijing demolition-sites, Close-Up.

Recycled Aluminum with scrap-yard glass.

Recycled Aluminum with scrap-yard glass, Close-Up.

Recycled Aluminum with factory-discarded porcelain.

Recycled Aluminum with factory-discarded porcelain, Close-Up.

These one-of-a-kind surfaces are designed to engage the viewer:  From a distance the tile are modern and sleek, while with a closer view they reveal a fascinating depth of texture.  Each material option is lightweight and can be produced at a range of sizes to fit any interior and exterior space.


Material and Process

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The city of Jingdezhen, China is home to many of the worlds most productive ceramics factories.  An average of 4% of the wares produced here are deemed flawed in some way and thereby do not make it to the marketplace.  We crush down these plates, vases, and teapots, and use these beautiful shards as an aggregate material within our cast tile and designed objects.

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This work is the result of an ongoing collaboration with an aluminum foundry in northern Beijing.  While normally producing parts for machinery, the factory agreed to let the artists use the site for a series of material experiments.  The result is not only beautiful tile and designed objects, but also an invaluable cultural exchange through a shared exploration of material, process and craftsmanship.