As we move into 2022, architects, designers and consumers are continuing to look at ways to offset their carbon footprint and find eco-solutions to their design challenges. (In fact, Luxury London cited ‘sustainability’ as the leading trend of 2022).
The drive to be conscious of the impact we all have on our planet means that people are demanding ever more of their architects and interior designers, to find locally sourced, environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing ways to design their spaces.
Kitchen and bathroom surfaces, desks and bars are an area that poses a challenge. Specifying locally sourced and made bespoke, custom cabinetry is reasonably straightforward, but worktops and hard surfaces can prove to be a challenge. Wood needs to be found from sustainable sources, yet be able to endure a lifetime of use. Laminates contain too many toxins in their manufacture, marble and quartz add many fuel miles to their footprint and while concrete may look great, it’s a huge source of greenhouse gas.
The solution may be closer than you think. In a workshop in Leeds, Yorkshire, Mick Pickup and his team at Diamik have created a solid surface worktop that not only ticks all green credentials, but, in a range of 50 different finishes to suit any interior, it’s one that looks great and is hardwearing too.
But what is a Diamik surface? Made from recycled, resin-bonded glass, Diamik takes glass that was destined for landfill and gives it a new lease of life as an extremely durable hard surface that is suitable for kitchen worktops, bathroom walls, and much, much more. The colours of glass used and the size of the fragments can be customised to give a variety of different effects, which range from subtle, to stand out and unique. In fact, the worktops are already being widely used in commercial (and domestic) projects around the UK, including by HMRC, Bombay Sapphire Distillery and more.
Diamik surfaces are completely customisable and are cut using digital CNC machines at the company workshop in Leeds, and can be engineered to bespoke shapes, sizes and patterns, making it a great solution for architects and interior designers who are looking for something sustainable, beautiful and unique.
Creating Diamik surfaces were a labour of love, involving many years of intense R&D to create the perfect ‘recipe’. Pure glass surfaces were prone to fragility and weakness and sourcing and using the perfect type and amount of resin to create a durable and beautiful surface was a challenge. But the end result is worth the effort, with very customisable and unique hard surfaces that are suitable for a number of applications.