Asphalt is a ubiquitous material in our urban fabric. It is everywhere, but since it is only regarded in purely functional terms in the use of everyday products its potential remains unseen. If we take a second look, asphalt has rather unique properties and aesthetic qualities. One might simply call it beautiful.

This material is a remainder of the oil industry. It is a byproduct of transit, trade, commerce and lobbyism. It is an unnoticed byproduct of prosperity and yet of such great importance in everyday use. With the Black Gold objects I intend to show an aesthetic that has been overlooked for almost a century, and aim to show and reflect upon a piece of our current consumer society. The line of Black Gold objects manifest the capabilities of the material and its industry of today, since this monument of its time will seize to exist in our not so distant future, and will never come back again. 

Black Gold's asphalt, a byproduct of finite oil, is designed to outlive this industries' model of supply and demand. It is therefore raising a mystery about its future value to society as a last remainder of a resource that has almost been driven to extinction. The collection is made in a laboratory facility, working closely with and challenging its producing industry. Thus new acts of looking at, and reflecting upon, the value of the material and its origin is stimulated. Black Gold's solid and stable state – even observed far above room temperature - become monuments of an industrial era. While shaped by the standard tools of the trade, the forms are kept close to the unbeknownst aesthetics of the asphalt industry.

previously on show at:

Design Miami, Miami 2015
Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam 2014
Westerkerk, Amsterdam 2014
Zona Tortona, Milan 2014
 

2014-2015
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video

bench production at
Steenhouwerij De Vries,
Buitenpost, NL.

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Bench

dimensions:
45 x 110 x 42 cm
weight:
± 350 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone, granite, various stone

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Bench

dimensions:
45 x 110 x 42 cm
weight:
± 350 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone, granite, various stone

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Bookstand

dimensions:
20 x 40 x 800 cm
weight:
± 60 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone, recycled road(60%)

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Bookstand

dimensions:
20 x 40 x 800 cm
weight:
± 60 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone, recycled road(60%)

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Bookstand

dimensions:
20 x 40 x 800 cm
weight:
± 60 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone, recycled road(60%)

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Bookstand

dimensions:
20 x 40 x 800 cm
weight:
± 60 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone, recycled road(60%)

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Side table

dimensions:
42 x 42 x 71 cm
weight:
± 150 kg

material:
bitumen, granite, tilred

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Side table

dimensions:
42 x 42 x 71 cm
weight:
± 150 kg

material:
bitumen, granite, tilred

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Side table

dimensions:
42 x 42 x 71 cm
weight:
± 150 kg

material:
bitumen, granite, tilred

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Side table

dimensions:
42 x 42 x 71 cm
weight:
± 150 kg

material:
bitumen, granite, tilred

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Marshall tray

dimensions:
10 x 6,7 cm
weight:
± 1 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone

limited production
+first 50 edition

E75,-

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Marshall tray

dimensions:
10 x 6,7 cm
weight:
± 1 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone

limited production
+first 50 edition

E75,-

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Marshall tray

dimensions:
10 x 6,7 cm
weight:
± 1 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone

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+first 50 edition

E75,-

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Vase I

dimensions:
15 x 28 cm
weight:
± 6 kg

material
bitumen, gravel

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Vase I

dimensions:
15 x 28 cm
weight:
± 6 kg

material
bitumen, gravel

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Vase II

dimensions:
10 x 54 cm
weight:
± 6 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone

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Vase II

dimensions:
10 x 54 cm
weight:
± 6 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone

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Vase II

dimensions:
10 x 54 cm
weight:
± 6 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone

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Bowl I

dimensions:
34 x 10 cm
weight:
± 20 kg

material: asphalt:
bitumen, bestone

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Bowl I

dimensions:
34 x 10 cm
weight:
± 20 kg

material: asphalt:
bitumen, bestone

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Bowl II

dimensions:
54 x 6,5 cm
weight:
± 35 kg

material: asphalt:
bitumen, granite, bestone, steel-slag

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Bowl II

dimensions:
54 x 6,5 cm
weight:
± 35 kg

material: asphalt:
bitumen, granite, bestone, steel-slag

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Pyramid

dimensions:
30 x 33 x 42 cm
weight:
± 20 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone

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Pyramid

dimensions:
30 x 33 x 42 cm
weight:
± 20 kg

material:
bitumen, bestone

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