WHAT IS JESMONITE?
Jesmonite is one of the most innovative materials and a natural resin composite made of two types of raw materials - pure alpha gypsum base and aluminate composite base. No wonder, the material is perceived as the ultimate chameleon of the material building industry. A myriad of different finishes are feasible with the same look and feel, such as stone, metal, wood, glass, leather, etc. The material can be extremely playful in terms of colours and designs. In fact, it has emerged as an alluring option to other resin-based materials, such as polyester and fiberglass. The material is an ideal choice for sculptors as it gives a free rein to their imagination in the creation process. Thanks to its versatility, it is one of the most soughtafter materials in the creative fuelled industries like construction, art and design.
“Jesmonite is unique because it is water based, meaning it is safe to use and much safer to the environment than conventional resin systems. It is truly a chameleon in the building industry and can replicate virtually any surface in any colour,” says Simon Pearson, Managing Director, Jesmonite Limited.
Jesmonite is perceived as the ultimate chameleon of the building material industry. A myriad of different finishes are feasible with the same look and feel, such as stone, metal, wood, glass, leather, etc
Designed by: PINCH, London The table has been created using Jesmonite and captures all the movement, power, potential and beauty of the natural world expressed as a new manmade object. The firm selected the material because it has casting properties and can replicate very fine details.
Jesmonite Limited is a UK-based company who invented the material in1984. It was originally conceived as a safe alternative to fibreglass (GRP) and as a lightweight alternative to cast concrete.
Pearson adds, “It has an excellent fire resistance and is therefore suitable for public spaces such as airports, theatres, and hotels. It has been used internationally on some major projects including the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, the Imperial War Museum in London, and has now become recognised as the design solution for highend projects worldwide.
Properties of Jesmonite
1. The material is environment-friendly as it is
2. water-based not chemical-based
3.Strong & long lasting
4. It is very lightweight and flexible
5. Less hazardous material as it releases no toxic fumes
6. They are fire-retardant and solvent free with no VOC’s
7. The material is cost-effective
8. Easy to cast, laminate and mould
9. can be adjusted to any colours
10. It can mimic any textures and finishes to the finest
11. Durable in all conditions of external weathering
Application of Jesmonite
Jesmonite is a versatile material and can be used in various ways and methods. Here are the possibilities:
3. Architectural stone and plasterwork
6. Coping stones
8. Architectural mouldings
Popularity of Jesmonite
Jesmonite is quite a new and young material, however, its popularity has penetrated in the design community. Many architects, designers and sculptors now like to experiment with the material because of its adaptable and unique nature. Pearson says, “It is becoming increasingly popular because as more successful projects are done, the results are proof of the material unique properties. We have also invested heavily in the brand and have registered the Trademark world-wide to reflect our ambition in taking the material to all of the worlds designers.”