Committing to the spirit and methodology of the brutalist movement, these four pieces reflect the iconic architectural structures they represent.
Following a period of research including site visits, four particular buildings were chosen; Trinity Square Car Park, Preston Bus Station, Trellick Tower and the Barbican Estate. An individual, highly-recognisable element of each building was carefully selected and designed down to its most minimal form, then the final coasters were modelled and 3D-printed to form the basis of a bespoke mould unique to Slope Design.
Mirroring the technique used to form the buildings themselves, a special concrete mix was poured in-situ, the process leaving discrete but unmistakable echoes in the final concrete objects which are cured for 28 days. Following an exhaustive quality control pass, the pieces are lightly-sanded, sealed and have a base applied.
The bases are made from cork harvested every nine years without any trees being felled during the process; they are highly abrasion-resistant and completely biodegradable. The natural stone sealant used is water-based and makes the surface resistant to water, stains, food oils and grease marks. The corrugated cardboard packaging is manufactured from 100% recycled paper and can be recycled again after use.
Every set and individual coaster is entirely unique, intended to spark joy, be useful and help ensure these iconic structures and their legacy are never forgotten.