Furniture in the grey area
It is not only in the field of cosmetics that the focus is shifting towards naturalness once again. Interior equipment is also finding its way back to its originality, since natural materials such as wood, linen, leather or cotton are gaining importance. They radiate warmth and cosiness and provide us with comfort. A natural material, which is not immediately associated with these properties is concrete. At first glance, the mixture of cement, sand, gravel and water appears rough, cold and hard. Therefore, many people still exclusively consider concrete as a solid raw material for walls and foundations. That this grey substance should take a more prominent place within one’s own home, is often only realised at second glance.
An interior style, which has been proving how well concrete does at home since the late 2000’s, is the Industrial Chic. Inspired by the premises of old warehouses and rustic New York lofts, the Industrial Chic translates metropolitan flair into your own four walls. It gets its tart character from the use of rough materials such as steel, weathered wood or rusty metal. In this way, the Industrial Chic deliberately stages its materials’ imperfections (e.g. with exposed walls, worn surfaces, fading colors or flaking paint). Consequently, dim and earthy tones play an important role in Industrial Chic, as they imitate the materials’ optics and continue their patterns (e.g. as wall paint). Accordingly, rusty shades of brown and red, a striking copper, a rich black or restrained grey tones are very popular when it comes to Industrial Chic. Thus, the imperfect interior style with its corners and edges quickly creates a casual workshop look, which, thanks to its lines and its functionality, blends into an overall minimalist appearance.
However, concrete cannot only be successfully displayed in the course of the casual Used Look, but also as an individual eye catcher (e.g. as a lamp, bowl, wall, vase, light switch, tea light holder or flooring). Even in combination with other living styles (e.g. the Nordic Look), the urban material is wonderfully applicable, because, due to is simple and restrained appearance, it can be easily combined with other colors, shapes and materials. Concrete can also be easily processed into complete furniture. Particularly common are tabletops and worktops for the kitchen or even complete tables for the dining room or study, which are made entirely of concrete. But there are also benches, sideboards or washbasins, in which the easy-care natural material is incorporated.
The downside of such a massive concrete piece of furniture is its weight, because even a small and stylish concrete stool can weigh up to 15 kg. Due to this, many designs no longer rely on solid cast concrete, but rather use thin sheets of the material, which are reinforced with metal, for instance. But the use of decor in a concrete look is also a successful variant to integrate the Used Look into one’s own four walls without causing any weight problems. Casual options for this are, for example, our sideboards from the GW-Almeria program, or our desk 4150-261 from the GW-Altino program, which can be wonderfully combined with elements of the Scandinavian living style (e.g. a succulent under a glass bell or a school wall card). Eventually, living with concrete and the mixture of different styles, shapes, colors and materials creates a thrilling and simultaneously homely atmosphere in your own four walls.