HOW IT’S MADE
ORIGINATES FROM A VOLCANO
Basalt is a volcanic rock. It forms from magma, which hot and pulsating, is initially located in the upper mantle of the Earth, until the volcano takes itand throws it out onto the surface of the Earth. In the form of lava as a fiery, liquid, thick and easily flowing mass, basalt cools to form impressive honeycomb hexagonal columns. Basalt layer covers almost the entire crust of the Earth and the floor of the ocean. It is usually dark and is a great heat insulator.
FROM OTHER PLANETS
Surprising are the dark spots visible on the sunlit surface of the Moon. They are lunar seas – a territory formed by basalt floods! The exotic textures of basalt can also be found further afield – they form a large part of the upper surfaces of Mars and Venus. The most effective basalt eruptions can be observed on Jupiter’s moon lo.
Basalt fibre is a special material, which is acquired by melting basalt stone at approximately 1500 oC (2730 oF). By pushing it through nozzles, basalt threads or stone threads are obtained. Basalt fibre has high flexibility, resulting in excellent strength and durability of the material. It has many advantages in comparison to other materials used in furniture production.
Technical advantages of basalt:
- High technical durability
- Resistant against chemical substances
- Resistant against very high temperature fluctuations
- Water resistant
- Noise dampening
- Good thermal insulation
- Resistant against salty sea water
- Resistant against UV radiation
- Dielectric (does not conduct electricity)
- Easy to maintain
- Environmentally friendly
USEFUL ON THE EARTH
The first attempts to create basalt fibre resulted in success in 1923 in the USA. After World War II it was used in Europe and the Soviet Union, especially in the field of military and aviation technologies. Until 1995 only a few knew about basalt fibre, because it was classified as a secret. Later basalt fibre began to be used in wider applications for civil purposes and in construction. It is also used as a fireproof textile for the space and automotive industry.
The special weaving technique, by which LAVITURE products are created, has quite specific demands – no such device has been invented yet, which produces the furniture automatically, therefore it is made by hand from the beginning to the end, adding feelings to the process. It makes each design unique, the details – different, and the lace pattern – irreproducible.