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Escofet innovation combines age-old cement and water with a wide range of natural aggregates and industrial and recycled materials to produce cast stone products with groundbreaking structural properties and design possibilities.
The company's mastery of materials and a technologically advanced casting process enable Escofet to produce large-scale organic forms, crisp-edged geometric pieces, and thin-profile shapes in cast stone, wood, metal and ulta-high-performance concrete designed by architects and artists from around the world.
Technology and craft come together through the finishing techniques that Escofet's skilled artisans apply to each piece, preserving individual surface qualities and protecting against weathering. The aggregates' pigments combined with acid etching and polishing create subtle, earth-toned colors in sculptural pieces that marry natural and built environments.
Ancient Material/Evolving Technology
Concrete has been known since antiquity. The Romans created the first effective concrete when they combined cementitious materials found near the volcanic caldera from Pozzuoli, a Roman colony in Greece established in 194 BC, with aggregates, sand, lime and water resulting in a chemical reaction achieving a structural and durable loadbearing material. This early concrete made the cupola of the Pantheon, the first real concrete dome possible. The Colosseum and Pantheon are monuments to the longevity of the material, its robust strength and its versatility of form. The 20th century modernists, led by Le Corbusier, started a structural revolution, using concrete to create columns that freed up space and reduced the need for load-bearing facades. In their quest for "honesty" and "economy" of materials they invented a universal language of design. Later masters including Louis Kahn and Tadoa Ando continued the dialog, employing cast concrete to create cultural temples for our own time.
An Evolution of Color, Form and Sustainability
Escofet’s rotational molded high-density polyethylene (HDPE) site furnishings mark a new era in the company’s legendary exploration of form and material. The innovative process allows the manufacture of lightweight products that are brightly colored, sustainable, durable, easy to install, and can also incorporate LED light for lighting from within. Rotational molding involves heated hollow molds which are slowly spun around two perpendicular axes to create precise control over material dispersal and product wall thickness. The process can produce a multitude of intriguing shapes that are strong yet hollow, and light in weight, resulting in fewer emissions due to their ease of transport. What’s more, rotational molding uses HDPE so all pieces are 100% recyclable at the end of their long and vibrant lifespans.