Invented by designer Marjolein Stappers, Oesterplat is a sustainable surface material made from recycled oyster-shells. These shells are collected from restaurants and Dutch oyster-cultivators, and then combined with quartz and resin (7%) to create a new composite. The material’s versatility, resistance, aesthetic value, hygienic qualities, and easy maintenance make it suitable for use in residential, commercial and public projects.

The hands-on process of making Oesterplat involves distributing old fish barrels to restaurants, and collecting them once filled with oyster-shells. The shells are then soaked, cleaned and sorted into flat-shells and cup-shells. The cup-shells are crushed and sent with the whole flat shells to a partnering factory. In the factory, the crushed shells are blended with quartz and resin, while the flat-shells are hand-placed in the slabs.

To learn about the material, please contact the Building Centre's Content Editor, Anna Marks, amarks@buildingcentre.co.uk