You may be forgive for thinking that concrete is only used in the construction industry when building sky scrapers and roads.
However the UK has seen an explosion in the last year of furniture and homeware made in whole or part from concrete.
Some basic properties of concrete:-
- Concrete can be highly compacted making it perfect for stools, seating or heavy toped tables
- Concrete does not suffer corrosion from the natural elements unlike rusting metal
- It forms a hard surface that is resistant to abrasions (unlike scuffing a glass over a wooden tabletop)
- Concrete furniture will have been treated to ensure that it is not porous and therefore water resistant.
In general concrete will be used as the horizontal plane on a piece of large furniture, such as a tabletop or stool seat. Quite often a contrasting material such as wood or metal will be used to give that design or industrial feel to a piece.
You will note in the above garden stool that the concrete pillar is flared out at the base to make it more stable and impossible to shatter.
Alternative concrete homeware:-
Even though the below coffee table has concrete legs (which is unusual) the concrete is only the surround to fabric which has been dipped into a concrete mixture and left to set. The fabric, like a steel frame in a building, adds strength, particularly in the curved parts of the legs.
Quite often concrete will be left unpainted in order to maintain its natural feel, however it maybe lacquered in order to prevent staining and ensure it is not porous.
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