Solid As A Rock: Creative Concrete Roundup

Solid As A Rock: Creative Concrete Roundup

Annie Werbler
Nov 16, 2009

Concrete is an extremely versatile building material that is natural, sturdy, and in some people's eyes, beautiful. Here's a roundup of some objects that will hopefully inform the skeptics of its many virtues.

First Row:

GeckoStone: Tessellating Concrete Paver Molds
Use these polyurethane molds to shape and color concrete pavers in interesting colors and patterns.

Miniature Concrete Buildings by Pull+Push
These tiny building models have working features such as chimneys and also real-world functions as planters, incense burners, and ash trays.

The Greenest Thumb! Contest: Amy & Jim's Guerilla Garden
Over in Red Hook, Amy and Jim repurposed cylinders left in front of their building to create a barrier for their sidewalk garden.

Graphic Concrete

This company from Helsinki has created a method whereby designs can be printed directly onto flat concrete surfaces.

Solid Poetry: Hypercolor Concrete
With a name inspired by the t-shirts I used to wear at day camp, this concrete looks solid when dry, and reveals a printed pattern when moistened.

Second Row:

Le Corbusier, in Concrete Terms. Literally.
This sculptural piece by artist Stefan Zwicky replicates the famous architect's most iconic chair.

LiTraCon: Optical Fiber + Concrete Block

Light transmitting concrete is transparent enough to illuminate dark interior nooks while still providing spatial division.

Look! Concrete Brick Floor

Concrete bricks aren't just for patios, as they work beautifully in interiors also.

Concrete Furniture from Eric Billig!

The furniture designer experiments with shape in his unique creations.

How to: Concrete Lightbulb Wall Hook
You can use spent lightbulbs as a form in which to pour liquid concrete, making unusual (if not heavy) wall hangers.

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