Many share the dream of living in a modern industrial loft with meter-high ceilings and unplastered walls. For those who are not planning to move anytime soon but at the same time want the stylish look of concrete, we have found a simple alternative for one’s own design online below.
A new material is currently taking the international architecture scene by storm: translucent concrete. Millions of glass optical fibers are integrated into fine concrete during the exclusive material’s manufacturing process, resulting in unique lighting effects. At first glance the light concrete looks similar to sanded natural stone. But when light reflects off the surface, the solid-looking material allows it to shine through, creating elegant shimmering lighting effects. Whether fixed to walls or floors, or even as a decorative partition, this material is the highlight of every furnishing concept.
The raw material is making headway into furniture design. Extraordinary pieces of furniture can be found at the Betonwerkstatt (“concrete workshop”) in Berlin. A coffee table made of glass fiber concrete appears very solid and stable, but it is lighter than pure concrete. The cut-out compartment made of solid oiled oak serves not only as a storage space, but it also forms a compelling contrast to the smooth, homogenous concrete surface.
The rectangular suspended lamp [C1]zinc is cast with light gray concrete. Timeless concrete combined with “rough” zinc plate results in an elegant, minimalistic lighting fixture — ideal for setting the scene over a dining table or a long coffee table.
Even in the bathroom, the concrete brings out exciting accents. Especially in interaction with the new bathroom series ME by Starck from Duravit and Philippe Starck, the material underlines the minimalist bathroom design with clear lines and reduced shapes.
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