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Concrete Is Still Hot: 10 Beautiful Designs to Prove It!

The concrete trend has been with us for more than five years. Part of me is quite surprised that it has not yet faded away to join all the other micro-trends on the “trends that was” pile. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the use of concrete or cement in decorative items, homeware and furniture. I just thought that people would have grown tired of it by now. Not that I have, I still love it as much as the first time I saw beautiful and clever concrete-y décor (not to mention those clever cement DIYs).

I suppose the use of concrete in interior design and decorative objects developed as the Industrial home style flourished. Further contributing to concrete’s popularity, is its versatility and availability. We now see both concrete and cement being used in unexpected, clever and out-of-the-box ways.

I also feel there has been a “refinement” in the way concrete is used by product designers. The general look is far more chic and sophisticated. This is evident in the various concrete products that are currently on our local homeware store shelves. We have selected ten amazing examples of local concrete décor products to show you below.

Well this definitely proofs that concrete is way more that just some passing fad…

Bamboo Desk Lamp by Burghen Siebert

By Marica

By now you all know I have a thing for clever and sexy lighting designs – I therefore just had to share this awesome little desk lamp with you. The Bamboo Desk Lamp, made from steam-bent & laminated bamboo, is the creation of Capetonian Industrial Design student Burghen Siebert.

“The desk lamp was designed with simplicity and function in mind. The lathed lamp shade is toped off with a sand-blasted perspex rim that allows a comfortable 100º glow. The hand spun aluminium fitting allows easy adjustment to the pitch and hight of the lamp, as well as adding a beautiful contrast to the bamboo.”

Isn’t it simply gorgeous?! Well done, Burghen – I would love to see what designs you come up with during the remainder of our studies and thereafter… talented young man!

Bamboo Desk Lamp by Burghen Siebert

Bamboo Desk Lamp by Burghen Siebert

Bamboo Desk Lamp by Burghen Siebert

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Jared Odell Asks “What’s Your Colour?”

I’ve recently been thinking back to our whirlwind Design Indaba experience earlier this year. We saw SO many awesome things and met SO may awesome designers, including this talented local boy’tjie…

Jared Odell on his FULBRITE Coffee Table

Capetonian furniture designer Jared Odell has been making some serious design waves since the launch of his first furniture range last year. The Fulbrite Range playfully combines bent powder-coated sheet metal with gorgeous solid Scandinavian birch plywood. It has an elegant simplicity and quirky fold-out and slot-in look about it that in some slight way reminds me of flat-packed furniture. The beauty of the range is the option to choose your favourite colour for powder coating, giving you the option to create something truly unique.

The FULBRITE chair. Pick a colour!

Jared, who studied Industrial Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology alongside the Pedersen+Lennard whiz kids (sho, that year sure turned out design diamonds), is a Mid-century Modernists enthusiast. Just like the Modernists, he attempts to balance aesthetics, function, and simplicity while staying true to his chosen materials.

The FULBRITE bench and the newest addition to range, the “Lobby Chair” on the right.

In an interview with Jared last year, Visi posed the question: “Does South Africa inspire your design at all? If so, how?” I quite like Jared’s answer…

“Yes, I think the relaxed culture of South Africans has inspired me to create furniture that’s fun and not too pretentious. European design is beautiful, but it’s often so serious. South Africans like beautiful yet practical things, so I’ve tried to create a range that’s usable and practical. I’m designing furniture, not making art.”

Check out Jared’s website: here.

The Jared Odell FULBRITE Tri Table & Table

The FULBRITE chair in white.

Absolutely LOVE the FULBRITE desk lamps!

[Images via Jared Odell]
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