Black Hole Design - Design Bureau

Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard’s Objet Trou Nois.

 The three different formats of the tile enable construction of a custom-made heater. Heat is given off via the tiled surfaces.

Stove: The stove radiates maximum temperature within an hour after ignition and diffuses an even heat; its topside can be used as a warming plate.

The inspiration for Gabillet and Villard’s Objet Trou Nois, Cofalit is a black obsidian-like substance formed by the vitrification of asbestos-contaminated construction detritus. After this transformation, the material is totally safe and has fascinating properties. It looks like black glass and has a great resistance to heat shocks as well as high thermal inertia. 

Black Hole Design

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Absorbing everything and reflecting nothing, a black hole is more than a little terrifying, but it’s what inspired French designers Gaëlle Gabillet and Stéphane Villard’s Objet Trou Nois.

They took a little-used waste byproduct called Cofalit and transformed it into a range of bricks, tiles, and decorative items. According to the designers, the goal was to “absorb wastes and other objects with low gravity” and create “basic components that have the ability to compose other functional objects.” Adapting the wonders of the cosmos for the good of the Earth? Now that’s a big bang for your buck.

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