Remember the last time you reached into the fridge for the milk, anticipating a full–and therefore heavy–carton, but someone drank the last of the moo and carelessly left the container behind, so you misjudged the amount of effort needed to lift the damn thing and nearly flung the empty across the room? There’s an established expectation of weight and mass associated with certain forms–like opaque milk jugs–and materials can have that same effect. Take concrete, for example: Seeing the mainstay of modernism and Brutalist staple is like a visual shorthand for substantial, solid construction. But what if the concrete were disguised in plain sight, taking on the essence of something else entirely?
German designers Miriam Aust and Sebastian Amelung’s Like Papercollection re-imagines concrete’s potential, casting it in forms that appear casually crumpled and crinkled, but are in fact the result of a year-and-a-half-long development process to achieve that surprising lightness of being.