Antwerp’s Ace & Tate Terrazzo

We last took a look at this Rotterdam-based company in September, taking special interest in their materials Blizzard, Nova, Greyish, and Chocolate Factory. But since then Plasticiet has introduced a few more members to their family – Rhinestone Black and White – both made from Dutch post-production cutoffs and Belgian household waste.

Photo credit: Lennart Wiedemuth

Taking full advantage of the striking recycled plastic terrazzo surfaces are Ace & Tate, who have taken to their shop in Antwerp to demonstrate exactly the kind of show-stopping appearance that can be achieved. With the eyewear company’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030 the decision to collaborate with Plasticiet is a step in the right (sustainable) direction. Rhinestone White is used throughout the store with the new surface awash with large vibrant flecks of red, blue, yellow, and green.

Photo credit: Lennart Wiedemuth

Absorbing household waste, including food packaging and toys, the colours and shapes are unpredictable. The materials are sourced from recycling company Suez who sort the plastic with infrared light. A selection of colours are chosen by Plasticiet to maintain some control over the appearance of the final product.

Photo credit: Lennart Wiedemuth
Photo credit: Lennart Wiedemuth

The main white base is recycled food packaging whilst the coloured household waste is less viscous, ensuring large irregular shapes remain throughout. The company was able to salvage almost 1,000kg of plastic waste for their Ace & Tate project with their panels covering almost every surface, making up the walls, shelves, and countertops.

Photo credit: Lennart Wiedemuth
Photo credit: Lennart Wiedemuth

To advocate for recycled materials and their uses informative elements are incorporated throughout display boxes, further promoting the brand’s view whilst the creation of the material itself is alluded to with their unique window display. The store, appropriately for a glassware company, is highly visual. The masses of colour flecks against the faintly speckled white is both playful and inviting, with colourful surfaces maintaining a clean appearance that disperses the brand’s signature neon light with ease.


Photography by Lennart Wiedemuth

A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, June 2020.

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