New Material Award 2009–2018 
New Material Award 2009-2018

Inge Sluijs

Plasma Rock

Inge Sluijs is a multidisciplinary designer with a background in product, textile and graphic design. She graduated in 2017 with an MA in design from Central Saint Martins.

Sluijs discovered novel uses for the rocky by-product of the plasma gasification of landfill waste, which is called Plasma Rock. In the UK, many coastal landfills are eroding into the sea. Plasma Rock is a research project and a critical visualisation of the destructive choices of previous generations’ waste management. The main qualities of this undiscovered and non-toxic material are its mechanical strength, density and environmental stability. To get the best out of Plasma Rock, the material is broken down into pieces that can be crushed into a grey-black powder. 100kg of landfill waste produces 20kg of Plasma Rock. Sluijs created a variation of new materials by using these three states of matter and different temperatures. She also developed ornamental construction tiles that speak to their origins with abstract illustrations.
year: 2018
Materials: Construction, Ceramics, Landscape, Waste