Squak started as a grad school project on sustainable design. The hand-cast slabs are made of recycled paper and glass bound with low-carbon cement.
Rugged and rough around the edges, we were romanced by this stonelike material’s comely imperfections.
Those imperfections come remarkably easily. Dropping a can of tomatoes and chopping on the surface carved deep divots and our sample broke in transit. Countertops that warrant kid gloves don’t pass muster.
If you’re a clean-cut type, “rugged” may read more “ragged.”