THE HARD STUFF: 10 MODERN CONCRETE DESIGNS

Alexandre Dubreuil
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A weighty material that is gaining traction in the design world

Concrete is no longer just the building block of architecture. As brute materials increasingly replace plastic, more and more designers have undertaken an exploration of concrete in design. Beautifully raw even when smoothed, concrete can give visual weight but can also appear astonishingly light. Of course, concrete may not always be the most practical material, but it’s definitely versatile, and we’ve collected ten objects that demonstrate the material’s aesthetic potential.

Totem Light by Alexandre Dubreuil

Paris-based designer Alexandre Dubreuil turned concrete into an elegant totem pole for a circular light.

Modern Muskoka Chair by Hard Goods

Hard Goods is the concrete furniture expert. We already featured their smooth concrete coffee table, but the real showstopper is their Modern Muskoka Chair.

Paris-based designer Alexandre Dubreuil turned concrete into an elegant totem pole for a circular light.

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

Alessia Giardino presented a series of decorative concrete tableware at Dutch Design Week 2014. The circular centerpieces were created by stretching the concrete to its very limit.

Sill by Jonah Willcox-Healey

The concrete Sill shelf by American designer Jonah Willcox-Healey explores the material’s potential. An ultra-thin cast concrete overhang creates a shelf that is still stable and extremely strong.

Concrete Lamp by Jonas Wagell for Menu

Jonas Wagell’s Concrete Lamp for Menu reinvents the old-fashioned oil lamp, but with modern materials.

Considered Objects by David Taylor

According to David Taylor, his Considered Objects are escapism at its finest. The brass and concrete objects resulted from hours of peaceful making in his workshop.

Concrete Table by Nina Mair

It’s hard to believe that Nina Mair’s table is made from concrete. The incredibly thin and light structure has its roots in architecture.

Slash Lamp by Dragos Motica

Bucharest-based design studio Dragos Motica designed a concrete lamp that is made to be broken. The Slash Lamp gives users the option to crack the concrete shell or leave it whole.

4th Dimension Clock by 22 Design Studio

22 Design Studio’s concrete 4th Dimension Clock has the same functionality as a wall clock but is meant for the table.

Zhi and Kou by Bentu Design

Bentu Design created Zhi and Kou, a pair of cement frames that can be used to compose an entire range of furnishings.

THE HARD STUFF: 10 MODERN CONCRETE DESIGNS
 

Totem Light by Alexandre Dubreuil

 

Modern Muskoka Chair by Hard Goods

 

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

 

Sill by Jonah Willcox-Healey

 

Concrete Lamp by Jonas Wagell for Menu