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Designing solutions

Enis Akiev’s research on how plastic behaves in nature led to the creation of her plastic tiles

Perfect for interiors

The tiles would be a great addition to interior projects.

Versa’tile’

The tiles brighten up the space they are used in, thanks to their versatility and aesthetics.

Bathroom tiles? Why not

The tiles would be ideal for the bathroom space owing to their durability and waterproof nature.

Pick and choose

The variety of colours and patterns broadens the horizons for applications and customization .

Beauty in the details

The tiles mimic natural rock-formation patterns, enhancing their aesthetics further.

Monochrome

The tiles come together to create an amazing luxurious-looking design.

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Lab 22 Mar 2019

Plastics 2.0: Reimagining plastic waste with Enis Akiev’s Plastic Stone Tiles

With plastic waste management becoming an increasingly pressing problem these days, how do we creatively find solutions to give our plastic trash a new, meaningful lease of life? Designer Enis Akiev’s Plastic Stone Tiles – The Nature of Waste presents a stunning, durable solution.

If there’s one thing we can all unanimously agree upon, it has to be the lack of alternatives to managing our plastic waste. How do you dispose of something that lasts a really long time? How do you put it away? And where is this ‘away’ we speak of? While recycling is a credible option, plastic can be only be recycled a limited number of times. Also, different varieties of plastics need different recycling processes, which essentially makes it very difficult to recycle plastic.

Designing solutions

Enis Akiev’s research on how plastic behaves in nature led to the creation of her plastic tiles

While there is no magic pill that can rid us of this monster of a mess we have created, thanks to innovation and research by designers, innovators and scientists, we might be able to utilize a part of our plastic waste in meaningful ways. One such is by designer Enis Akiev.

Perfect for interiors

The tiles would be a great addition to interior projects.

A new rock for a new age

While researching how plastic behaves in nature, Enis came across a new material – Plastiglomerate. When plastic waste melts together with natural materials like sand, shells, wood, corals, etc., it fuses to form sort of a plastic-rock hybrid called plastiglomerate. So, besides altering the earth’s geological future, what can this plastic-infused stone do for us? Enis explores this with her work Plastic Stone Tiles – The Nature of Waste.

In essence, these are plastiglomerate tiles made with plastic waste. While investigating the rock-formation process, Enis developed methods to give lightweight packaging waste a natural-looking rock-like structure, turning them into tiles that are aesthetically pleasing and durable.

Versa’tile’

The tiles brighten up the space they are used in, thanks to their versatility and aesthetics.

Bathroom tiles? Why not

The tiles would be ideal for the bathroom space owing to their durability and waterproof nature.

Enis believes her work urges people to rethink how we perceive waste – it is simply material that is no longer in use, and under the right conditions, waste can become a valuable resource.

Changing perceptions

The concept for the plastic tiles originated from the thought process that nothing is worthless. Moving past the negative connotations associated with waste, Enis has not only created an aesthetically valuable material, durable material, but one that appears to be an expensive, luxury item that would brighten up interior projects, for instance.

Beauty in the details

The tiles mimic natural rock-formation patterns, enhancing their aesthetics further.

Monochrome

The tiles come together to create an amazing luxurious-looking design.

In addition to having immense potential in terms of their application, the plastic tiles also touch upon the idea of the subjectivity of waste. Enis believes her work urges people to rethink how we perceive waste – it is simply material that is no longer in use, and under the right conditions, waste can become a valuable resource. The striking tiles are yet another reminder for us to start thinking of waste as another step in the process, rather than the end of a product's life.

Pick and choose

The variety of colours and patterns broadens the horizons for applications and customization .

Check out more of Enis Akiev’ work here.