Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta of Studio Drift have created an eloquent, seemingly alchemical response to the world’s excessive chemical waste problem with The Obsidian Project: Revaluation, a series of highly polished and reflective black mirrors made from synthetic obsidian.
“Since 2007, Studio Drift’s focus has been to create a dialogue between nature and technology, creating awareness of how these two apparent opposites can work together. As a direct result of their research process for the production of these mirrors, Studio Drift is keen to emphasize this almost alchemical, ‘something from nothing’ characteristic of synthetic obsidian and to highlight a dialogue about the ethical responsibility of creating solutions for worldwide problems.” says Studio Drift.
“The mirrors are symbolic of the potential of the meeting between technology and creative thinking to produce a solution to the world’s problems: as we look into their sensuous curves, the face of our own chemical responsibility reflects back to us.”
Synthetic Obsidian comes from an ingenious process of waste management in which the conditions of a volcano are imitated in an industrial oven, recycling difficult chemical waste. Revaluation was shown at the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition during Milan Design Week 2014.