The items that compose the BLOCK OFFICE series are been made using a glass casting method inspired by the well-known lost-wax technique. Instead of using wax (cast from a mould, itself cast off a master piece), each piece is made and assembled by hand using Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) board as base material. Plaster moulds are made from these EPS forms, and then burnt. Hot glass is then transferred into these moulds. Subsequently, each piece resulting from this process is unique.
Such a technique allows to cast the EPS in glass, whilst retaining the exceptionally fine details that form the surface texture of the original EPS board, itself originating from another moulding process of the chemical polymer industry. The fine moulding technique allows its imperfections to be retained in the surface of the resulting glass.
Originally a feather-light and inexpensive industry material, the EPS models have been cast into a heavyweight, precious and skilfully crafted item.
Available as an unlimited edition in various colours or as a unique edition CIRVA in milkshake yellow Marble effect.

Client Victor Hunt (BE)
Year 2012

Development and Production CIRVA
Cast glass
Dimensions Paper weight : H10 x L10 x D10 cm; Book end: H12 x L14 D14 cm; Post-it box: H10 x L12 x D12 cm; File box: H30 x L12 x29; Pencil tray: H5 x L30 x D12; Paper tray: H8 x L 28 x D32
Colours Transparent, grey or various on demand

Exhibition catalogue available on SWS