- story by MaterialDistrict
For its DreenDesign slabs and floor plates Zoontjens Beton took a great step forwards in the creativity of (roof)paving. Zoontjens has collaborated with the Dutch designer Baukje Trenning, for its first series in the DreenDesign Collection. She motivates her designs as “I draw with light; the shades caused by the relief change with every moment of the day and every season, creating different images all the time.”
As a designer of architectural surfaces, Baukje Trenning has been designing rhythms for buildings and exterior spaces. This ‘skin’ should stimulate observation and add an extra dimension to space. She uses relief and repetition of elements on both macro and micro levels. When she designed the DreenDesign collection, Baukje Trenning Baukje chose to use highly graphic patterns. The production technology of Zoontjens Beton enabled her to have a complete control over patterns which produce exact prints of the mould. Trennings patterns come from the world of fabrics – not so much prints, but three-dimensional patterns that have volume, like corduroy or knotted tapestry. The collection includes neutral patterns as well as several highly pronounced designs. These designs enhance the character of the different functions of the public space.
The photos are showing from top downwards:
Binary Fields: a neutral slab with interrupted and staggered stripes. In close-up the slabs look busy and full. From a distance, however, they look really smooth. Visually, they suit all types of environments. With its narrow notches, this slab is sensitive to point-load pressure from market stalls and similar.
Smooth Waves: a 2 x 2 m floor plate incorporating two designs. Smooth Waves has waving grooves in one direction and crossing lines. By laying them in a certain pattern, it is possible to create an interweaving of lines around e.g. trees and lampposts. A certain angle of light creates the optical impression of billowing plates.
Streamlined Scratches: a 60 x 60 cm slab that was originally design for roof paving. The grooves – scratches – are at random distances from one another and diagonally staggered. The staggered pattern literally seems to create a floating movement.
Floating Pebbles: a pattern consisting of three spots of various dimensions that bleed from one slab to the other. These spots have shapes somewhere between geometric and amorphous. People see them as stylised leaves, footsteps, cobbles or pebbles. After a rain shower the spots seem polished and look like mirrors. This is caused by the contrast between the pearly structure (rough) and the relatively smooth spots.