Fortify – Creative Chess Set from Concrete

Today we want to show you creative chess set – Fortify – created by industrial designer Daniel Skoták. “Fortify is a chess set that is based on nowadays industrial era. Inspiration comes form the construction of old industrial iron-concrete buildings. Particularly from the area DEPO2015. Bearing that in mind, combination of concrete and iron was used. I chose the shape of frustum due to the great ergonomic characteristics it has, which include good handling together with ideal stability. Shapes of the upper parts of the figures are stylized into the most simple forms so the legibility of the figures is maintained. The colour of the upper parts of the figures is dimly white or black. The chessboard is a combination of iron and concrete as well. Dim iron squares are used for the black figures while for the white figures, concrete is used. This way, the whole chessboard appears to be neat and individual squares are easily recognizable.”

UTOPIA Handmade Concrete BT Speakers

Utopia is a new brand out of Budapest that wants to custom build you a Bluetooth speaker with high-end components and concrete. Described by the brand as “an interesting mix between brutalist, industrial design and wireless sound technology,”s Utopia Handmade Concrete Speakers are the perfect display piece alternative to your Jamboxes and UE Rolls. What it lacks in portability it more than makes up for in sound quality and unique styling. Each concrete speaker is handmade in Budapest and, due to the nature of the material, no two will be cosmetically identical. But they will all produce the same high-quality sound because of the low resonance enclosure, the speaker hardware, Bluetooth 4.0 aptX or 3.55 wired connection. Utopia Handmade Concrete Speakers are currently raising funds on Indiegogo with an estimated shipping date in September/October of this year.

Creative Concrete Lamps Combining Body Parts And Light Bulbs

One of the annual highlights at IDS Toronto is Studio North – a curated space of custom collections presented by local and international creatives, displayed in a gallery-like setting. As part of this year’s showcase, Italian, Toronto-based designer CEK presented a series of concrete luminaries that draw from the forms of the human body. The sculptural light works each incorporate bulbs within cast concrete faces or hands, creating unconventional interpretations of the human form. CEK’s work blends body parts with bulbs, incorporating sources of light into various characteristics of the human figure. At IDS 2017, the designer presented a collection of luminaries within a booth whose walls displayed a reimagined version of Sol Lewitt’s ‘Wall Drawing 51’, connecting all the architectural points on the surface with a chalk line. Exhibited lights like ‘Eureka’, ‘La Mano De Dios’ and ‘Fel_Light_Tio’ each combine cast concrete volumes with electrical light sources. A bulb breaks free from the head of a male bust, a light emerges from the mouth of a sleeping figure, and a hand holds a source of illumination within its grip.

Releasing The Light – Concrete Lights by Dror Kaspi

Designer Dror Kaspi has created these concrete and aliminum lights for Adroma Design. They come in two variations, a pendant light, called Split, and a table lamp, called Release. The design of the partially split concrete cylinder reveals a glowing light from the inside, which was intended to demonstrate the contrast between the roughness of concrete and softness of light. The aluminum bases of the lamps come in either silver, emphasizing roughness and resistance, or one of three pastel colors, emphasizing softness and gentleness. The multiple bases also allow the lights to fit into any room decor style.

The Monk Concrete Lamp By SKELD Design

Passionate about the cosmos and “out of this world” design, the team behind the Kiev-based SKELD Design studio creates lighting and furniture seemingly brought back from the future or at least from a parallel universe. The geometric-inspired products have a contemporary style as well as a distinct personality, and The Monk is a perfect example. Its silhouette is instantly recognizable, though it may take a few moments to make the connection, as the shapes have been stylized in an abstract design. The Monk as a merely refined modern lamp without thinking of the beloved green Jedi master. The resemblance with the popular character didn’t come to light until the 3D sketching step of the design, when the two pyramid shapes were brought to life. For obvious reasons, the team had to give up on their initial plan of naming the lamp The Jedi, but the new name works in the lamp’s favor, as it lends the product a touch of ambiguity and accentuates the silhouette’s connection to a related architectural structure, the abbey. The two sections of the lamp are made of concrete and ash hardwood, in a gorgeous contrast of tones and textures; a simple metal button and a textile power cord complete the minimalist appearance. Like all the products made by SKELD Design, The Monk is designed and assembled by hand in the company’s workshop, with each lamp made-to-order.

Concretus – Speaker Made Entirely from Concrete

The Concretus by designer Gražina Bočkutė from Lithuania is a great speaker that is made from concrete! It may seem to be an unusual choice of material, but its uniqueness lies in that very fact. Concrete in itself is a material with imperfections, but it contributes to a larger sense of aesthetics, making each product unique in a way, because each speaker has a different surface finish, different air-bubbles in different places. The controls are made out of metal, standing out like a diamond among the dirt. The Concretus boasts of a clean, yet rough exterior, and a design that is too unusually calming to forget.

Casa Golf From Concrete Planes by Luciano Kruk

Argentinean architect Luciano Kruk has recently completed Casa Golf located in the center of the Costa Esmeralda development near Buenos Aires, Argentina. The site sits adjacent to a golf course and contains a sizable hill that places the structure at a higher level than the surrounding homes but also helps separate it from the main street. The design criteria was very specific- it is a getaway home for a client that called for at least three bedrooms and baths with a fourth that should remain independent from the rest, and the structure should require as little maintenance as possible. The response manifested in three pure concrete volumes, each oriented based on its specific function and open to the surrounding green landscape. Concrete and glass are about the only materials utilized to sculpt the geometric structure. The largest volume sits apart from the rest of the design in that it is the largest volume, housing the social functions of the house within two parallel glass walls that stretch the entire length of the floor plan, and is oriented and elevated to create a natural privacy from the public street and extend views. Descending from the site’s entrance to the covered patio leads to the entrance of the lower volume with strip windows just above grade. This area contains two bedrooms along the east/west axis (front and rear of the site) offering varying levels of privacy. an internal staircase connects to the main level with the kitchen, living and dining areas, and above those lives the master suite with the smaller openings and enjoying views of both ends of the property.

Stone and Concrete SC Villa in the Mountains

This minimalistic home was designed by YTAA Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates in the mountains of Akoura, Lebanon. Found at an altitude of more than 3,900, the private property is rural, difficult to get to, and beautiful to behold. The house echoes the extremes of its rocky environment, walling the exterior in dark stone and the interior in concrete. Additionally, the indoor and outdoor decor makes use of ladders and benches as functional geometric layers and texture. The rugged design is arranged in a C-shaped plan with a dirt courtyard and wrap-around patio. Toward the back of the home, the wood-lined patio is shaded by the extended roof. The expanse of timber softens the landing and frames a stunning view of the terrain. From inside, the sliding glass doors and glazed windows look out over the architecture and the landscape, so that the two are always considered together.

200 Years Old Structure Hides Underground Modern Stone House

A 200 year old existing stone house in Linescio, Switzerland was renovated by Buchner Bründler Architekten with a distinctive, minimalistic approach. The house has been completely left in its original state on the outside, while in the interior, a house within a house was constructed. A new minimal concrete shell has transformed the space into a contemporary living space with a unique, calm atmosphere. All new elements are consistently made of concrete: the bathtub as a recess in the floor, and the kitchen worktop with a sink integrated as a single cast form. High, folding wood shutters cover the original front windows, which have partially lost their glass, while a new glass door leads out to the garden. The concrete was brought in layer by layer and still bears the marks of the formwork. The existing walls act as an extra layer of insulation, though the home is only meant for use in the summer. “The plastic, evocative qualities of the exposed concrete intensify the archaic character and the calm atmosphere of this stone house,” say the architects.

‘Babbo’ Concrete Christmas Decorations Set

Christmas is almost here! And it’s a right time to choose christmas tree decorations. We’ve noticed these unusual Christmas decorations and we’re surprised by their simplicity and at the same time creativity. Babbo is a concrete Christmas decorations set, every set is composed of 10 evocative concrete figures. Babbo is perfect for a contemporary Xmas season!

Refugi Lieptgas Concrete Cabin

Nickish Sano Walder Architects sought to preserve elements of this Graubünden, Switzerland holiday home. From a distance Refugi Lieptgas looks like a traditional wooden hut. Taking a closer look you will actually find that this cabin is made of concrete. The old barn that stood here previously characterises the appearance of the new building. By using the logs of the block construction as a formwork for the concrete a fossilized version of the old barn has been created. An unusual holiday home for two people – both romantic and modern.

Conrete 100% by HandMadeFont

Professionals from Tallin based studio HandMadeFont created a series of concrete art objects. “We offer unique products that are all handmade and one of a kind pieces. We use an advanced cement mix which gives an incredibly strong, smooth, and tactile surface that is more similar to ceramic or aluminum than it is to concrete. Our products are very durable – there’s a steel[K1] frame inside each product and the concrete will continue to gain strength with time. Products are available in the original, aesthetic gray tone of the concrete and also in black (the concrete surface is painted over).” So if you want to make your interior more unique – visit catalog and contact guys from HandMadeFont.

Concrete Business Cards by Murmure

Do you remember our Great List of the Most Creative and Beautiful Business Cards. It’s full of creative business cards but even this list doesn’t contain the following example. Made of concrete these business cards will not leave you indifferent. “Playing with the notion of scales, Murmure created a set of business cards made of concrete. This material, so characteristic of our environment, was enhanced by using the smallest and most refined communication support. The refinement and the technique required for the typography highlight the harshness and the roughness of the used material.” If you’re not ready to give your potential clients concrete business cards you can always use business card printing services to order paper creative business cards. But still take look at these Murmur’s business cards!

Concrete Para Clocks by LeeLABS

LeeLABS have created a variety of clocks made of concrete that all use a parametric modeling algorithm to get their unique radial patterns. “LeeLABS has recently completed Para Clocks, a project that not only seeks to crowd source investment and interest, but aims to crowd source design power as well. Para-Clocks is about combining digital design methods with traditional craft using concrete; and most importantly, involving YOU in the design process. Designing using parametric software allows us to create many variations of radial patterns based off of similar sets of rules; but these are then played with and manipulated, allowing each pattern to be expressive in surprising ways.” Have fun!

Minimalistic Floor Clock from Concrete

We’ve already seen a lot of different creative clock but this one is something special. Tidvis is minimalistic clocks from concrete. Tidvis Vägg is a wall mounted version in ash and concrete. Gothenburg, Sweden-based Kvarnen Studio and Forsberg Form have collaborated on the TIDVIS collection of concrete grandfather clocks. Check them out and perhaps you will be interested to decorate your home with these minimalistic clocks. Have fun!

Concrete Desk Accessories “Solid”

There is a huge range of desk accessories in modern office life but for sure you haven’t seen before desk accessories from concrete. The following collection called “Solid” and created by London designer Magnus Pettersen consists of tape dispenser, pen pot and tray. The pieces from the series are cast by hand at Pettersen’s studio in Stoke Newington. Complete set costs £65.