At the London Design Fair 2017, Jesmonite—a composite of plaster, cement and water-based resin—was named the material of the year.
Designers like Phil Cuttance are now embracing the innovative material for a variety of purposes, including the creation of decorative objects like trays, vases and pots. To give each object a unique and one-of-a-kind quality, the pieces are handmade. As such, there are natural imperfections on the objects, but Cuttance favored the handmade approach to set his designs apart from the perfect creations that can easily be produced by CNC machines and 3D printing technology.
Jesmonite is a new material that's being touted as the "ultimate chameleon material of the building industry" as it may be used to replicate the look and texture of various surface finishes in a wide array of colors.