“XIANG CHENG-incense holder” is the sixth product in the “RETILE” series, and is also the designer’s first attempt to reuse the raw materials of cement tiles. When we prepare materials for the production of cement tiles or samples, there are always excess materials. Due to the characteristics of cement, if these materials leave unused for a period of time, they will become inactivated and cannot be used for production any more. In NANCHOW Material Lab, the technicians reformed these materials by adding new materials and experiments to transmute them to concrete chill-casting materials with stable performance.
The long ash holder is cast in the mould with the improved materials, and the combination of cement and metal endows the incense holder with new modern aesthetics. The design of the ring to insert incense is like the star of the universe, make the moment of incense burning more profound ceremonial and poetic.