Refractory is an experimental process in design, engineering and manufacturing techniques. From a shop located in Tucson, Arizona, we hand-produce products utilizing proprietary methodology and unique materials. Our aesthetic is grounded in an appreciation of architecture, engineering and the honor of materials in their purest form.
Achim Menges in collaboration with Steffen Reichert produced the installation entitledHygroScope – Meteorosensitive Morphology at the Centre Pompidou, Paris in 2012. They have created models out of wood that are purposefully designed to interact with moisture found in the air. After years of research they have developed the system calledHygroScope. This climate-responsive composite material is comprised of maple veneer and synthetic composites. It responds to humidity in a such a way that the material appears to be “breathing”. The models are displayed in glass cases that can be programed to control the amount of humidity in the air, the composite materials then respond to these environments creating completely unique visual experiences. Please view the video below!
The last four ring orders went out today. That’s five this weekend! Thank you to all my customers for supporting a startup business in the USA! BTW, the three boxes on the left are going to other countries. Yee-haw for domestic exports….