Quart is a modular system for custom designing terrazzo washbasins. It is s the combination of a digital and physical platform that creates a more efficient way to produce a huge variety of designs.
This system was created in collaboration with producer Huguet Mallorca. We worked towards simplifying their workflow by connecting their customers' needs and their production method.
By understanding the specific challenges and opportunities that terrazzo production offers, we chose to use its flexibility in order to design a new versatile modular production system. Clients would design their own washing basin by adding and arranging pre-designed modules together first in an online configurator. Once in the workshop, the producer uses a modular mould system designed by OnMateria, to cast the desired design as a unique monolithic piece.
This new approach to the washbasin casting process also reduces the overall waste production. Conventionally, all pieces are cast in 2 metre-long moulds and are then cut to fit the needs of the client. Having a modular system, the mould size can be adjusted much more efficiently to the final design, reducing unnecessary use of materials and waste production. The modularity of the moulds is inspired by shuttering moulding technology, borrowing the use of a fast clamping system.
Between the modular designs and the natural variety of colours and textures that terrazzo production offers, the client has infinite options to choose from without the need to create new moulds for each customized washbasin. The result is a perfectly fitted bespoke piece, with less waste of materials.
From observations of our ways of living in the bathroom, we created a more soft and tactile experience offering new typologies of shapes which allows the customer to showcase or hide products of their daily rituals. This creates different use of the areas of the countertop and the sink.
Video by José Castelazo
Photography by Ana Cuba