30 X 30 Concrete pavement tiles are the most used public product in the Netherlands, they are often considered cheap and ugly. As a way of elevating the aesthetics of public space and architecture. Simone Smelt created a set of copper and steel sleeves for the most used tile in the Netherlands.
Both copper and steel share the beautiful quality of changing its colors over the years.
This color functions as a layer of protection, which makes the material both very sustainable and durable.
Throughout a time of 20 years, copper changes its color from copper, to brown, to black, and eventually to green or blue, depending on the climate it is exposed to.
An additional coating of epoxy protects certain parts of the copper and steel against external influences and through time a pattern on the sleeve emerges. As a simple, yet effective, way to add an enchanting touch to something common.
Elevating something ordinary into something magical.