Recrystallising the Desert

12th November 2014

Designer Erez Navi Pana always explores new ways of working with unexpected materials such as his baked earth furniture.

In his latest project he explores how salt waste from a Dead Sea works factory could be used as a resourceful material rather than a bi product that is causing ecological damage to surrounding areas.

By conceiving a manufacturing process using the salt and solar energy he proposes to make waste salt desirable again, perhaps in his words, 'marble for the poor'.

His 'Recrystallising the Desert' project examines the development of a production method with NaCl as the main substance in salt. Through heating and layering, a solid mass of pure salt can be created suggesting the production of basic salt tiles.

He has also designed a way of melting the salt with solar energy and a parabolic mirror that can be used to concentrate the sun rays.

The resulting salt tiles are not naturally waterproof so he proposes to solve this by combing the salt with dead sea clay powder which when fired creates a glaze and an ultimately water resistant tile.

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