The Japanese design collective, Bril, created a series of ancient-looking earthenware plates. To create them, the designers employed a primitive forming technique of putting soil into a mold and ramming it with sticks. This accounts for the crater shape of the finished product and the irregular surfaces. The plates take their color from the mix of soil that they are formed from, which includes sand and lime additives. The designers are conscious that such methods were one of the first ways humans around the world built walls—indeed the technique is still being employed by contemporary architects such as Herzog & de Meuron.
Bril is a designers’ collective formed by Tatsuro Kuroda, Jo Nakamura, and Fumiaki Goto who graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2011. While working for clients individually, they also create and produce experimental designs together.
Above image: A Rammed Earthenware plate by the Bril design collective. Courtesy of the designers.