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Husk

The mosaic tile uses agricultural waste – the rice husk discarded during the milling process. The husk is grouped in close quarters such that it appears condensed and compressed. The pattern or texture is developed on a polymer composite base post which the tiles are created.

Tests and trails

Husk was tested extensively before the material surface was developed. Post production, the strength of the material was gauged. Being a natural material, Husk surfaces and objects are suitable for use indoors, in dry areas.

Shades of Husk

Cornsilk, Dune, Charcoal, Khaki & Ash.

Patterns in Husk

Husk in available in Bamboo, Madison, Herringbone, Braid, Bond, Equinox, Chevron, Cosmos & Honeycomb mosaic tiles + used as a solid surfacing material.

Of natural and neutral shades

Husk differs from the archetypical design given its neutral earthy shades, a deliberate decision since the Husk series is aligned with the concept of ‘natural’.

Eco-friendly endeavour

The tiles need minimal levels of binding material, are sturdy, lightweight and rated for low VOC emissions.

Beyond Surfaces

Husk is also developed into 3D moulded products; bowls, trays, plates and coasters.

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Lab 22 May 2018

Husk by Sonite, a surface finish created from rice husks in an endeavour to address agricultural waste

Asia loves its rice! Rice is prepared as bread, rolls, puddings, cakes, salads and of course boiled and eaten by itself. Being the largest producers of rice, there is also the concern of disposing or using the large quantities of inedible components that come after rice is harvested. The hull or husk, the brown coloured hard outer cover of rice, a by-product of rice crop has found application as fuel, fertiliser and even building components. But the husk itself has seldom imparted itself to aesthetic or décor. Sonite, a Thai company has devised flat and moulded products from rice husk. CQ investigates.

Hues of Husk

‘Husk’ is a range of mosaic tiles that are created from rice husk. Whilst the husk is used in fuel and fertilisers, much is discarded as waste. Sonite produces tiles and mosaics; surface coverings and decorations from this waste. Much of their work is motif-driven and inspired from classical designs; geometric motifs reminiscent of Islamic art, Arabesque forms, Oriental treatments, Art Deco etc. among other vivid and colourful patterns.

Husk

The mosaic tile uses agricultural waste – the rice husk discarded during the milling process. The husk is grouped in close quarters such that it appears condensed and compressed. The pattern or texture is developed on a polymer composite base post which the tiles are created.

Tests and trails

Husk was tested extensively before the material surface was developed. Post production, the strength of the material was gauged. Being a natural material, Husk surfaces and objects are suitable for use indoors, in dry areas.

Husk differs from the archetypical design given its neutral earthy shades, a deliberate decision since the Husk series is aligned with the concept of ‘natural’. The mosaic tile uses agricultural waste – the rice husk discarded during the milling process. The husk is grouped in close quarters such that it appears condensed and compressed. The resultant aesthetic is a textured pattern with noise on the surface of the material. The surface is dyed in different colours and their smaller cuts are grouped to create mosaics. They are available in Bamboo, Madison, Herringbone, Braid, Bond, Equinox, Chevron, Cosmos and Honeycomb mosaic tiles as well as used as a solid surfacing material.

Shades of Husk

Cornsilk, Dune, Charcoal, Khaki & Ash.

Patterns in Husk

Husk in available in Bamboo, Madison, Herringbone, Braid, Bond, Equinox, Chevron, Cosmos & Honeycomb mosaic tiles + used as a solid surfacing material.

While husk has been investigated and experimented with in the past, most products lack finesse and the aesthetic quality of high-end products. Husk holds no such concerns over its guise or demeanour.

The pattern or texture is developed on a polymer composite base post which the tiles are created. The tiles need minimal levels of binding material, are sturdy, lightweight and rated for low VOC emissions. The Research & Development (R&D) team at Sonite investigates materials prior to developing their products. Husk was tested extensively before the material surface was developed. Post production, the strength of the material was gauged. Being a natural material, Husk surfaces and objects are suitable for use indoors, in dry areas. Husk is also developed into 3D moulded products; bowls, trays, plates and coasters.

Of natural and neutral shades

Husk differs from the archetypical design given its neutral earthy shades, a deliberate decision since the Husk series is aligned with the concept of ‘natural’.

Eco-friendly endeavour

The tiles need minimal levels of binding material, are sturdy, lightweight and rated for low VOC emissions.

Beyond Surfaces

Husk is also developed into 3D moulded products; bowls, trays, plates and coasters.

Honing Husk

A deviation from regular decorative surfaces, Husk is the first product created from waste with a focus on ecology and recycling at Sonite. While husk has been investigated and experimented with in the past, most products lack finesse and the aesthetic quality of high-end products. Sonite’s Husk holds no such concerns over its guise or demeanour. If this technique were to be appropriated for grains and vegetation it could enable colour, motifs, textures and more. One could eat their grain and the home could have some too!

To look beyond Husk, head here!