Brick and Cement Furniture Collection by Nexus

Published on February 1, 2014

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During the field trip, an old workman told them the present situation of the sunset industry. Most brick factories are forced to close down because young people are unwilling to do the heavy work, the quality of clay is unstable, and the brick manufacturing causes air pollution. The remaining factories transform into tourism factories to survive.

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It is a pity to see the old machines put aside in the idle factory. Bricks can fall into two categories: pre-baked bricks and post-baked bricks. These machines were used in the pre-baked brick stage. In the stage, with the machine, the clay would undergo a few processes before becoming pre-baked bricks. First, the machine would filter out the impurities from the clay and blend it evenly with some water. Then, it would squeeze the clay through the mold with high pressure and in the end, cut the clay into small pieces–namely, pre-baked bricks. We hope to revive the machines by changing the size of mold into smaller ones to make smaller bricks for electric baking, which releases only non-poisonous gases.

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Bricks are stacked layer by layer with a thin bed of cement in between in traditional building skills. Through design, they can change the placement of brick and cement to make new furniture by putting the bricks in their positions first and then pour cement into the designed channel to connect the whole structure. In so doing, both brick and cement are major parts of the structure.

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