Hello concrete lovers! This week I would like to introduce you to another great material: wood. I will show you a few examples of how these two simple and yet so majestic materials can be combined in everyday objects, and how they can bring out the best in each other.
Above you can see a beautiful way to merge wood and concrete in a coffee table from the Canadian design firm mth woodworks.
Concrete Cabinet by Jean Willoughby.
Lizz Aston is a textile designer, who draws inspiration from all kinds of things: for example a jar of pickles that had exploded on a supermarket floor. How the acidy liquid stained the tiles in the store, they could just as well draw a pattern on our beloved concrete objects like countertops or tables – she thought. She teamed up with designer Jean Willoughby to create this decorative piece of furniture: they used one of Aston’s lace designs as a stencil, and they covered the piece in cold wax before placing it into a well deserved wine-bath. What they got was a coffee table that looks like your grandma’s favourite lace tablecloth is loosely thrown over it.
Malbec Ethed Table by Jean Willoughby and Lizz Aston – photo © Jean Willoughby.
But now away from the coffee tables and on to other useful household objects: a key holder that helps you keep all your keys well organized at home. A smart and loveable design from the Hungarian concrete factory and design studio Ivanka. This little helper is called Haus Key Tresor, and it is made of concrete as a ‘house’ for keys, with three walnut key-rings in different shapes – rounded, rectangle, square – for each family member.
The designers even have a suggestion for those Friday nights when you arrive home a little tipsy: just place your keys on the top of the house. You can deal with those shapes later.
Have a visually pleasing weekend, and don’t forget to come back next week for some more concrete coolness!