Although usually relegated to construction sites, concrete actually has much more to offer that structural stability – from stylish accessories to suit your home, to state-of-the-art electronics designed with decor as well as function in mind.
So if you’re looking for distinctive homewares, read on to find out more about our latest finds…
- Concrete speakers
- Luna iPhone case
- 4th Dimension concrete wrist watch
- Concrete espresso machine
- Inside Out concrete table lamp
Israeli designer, Shmuel Linski, a graduate of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, has designed and created a set of concrete speakers that, somewhat surprisingly, both look fantastic and sound great! Linksi’s speakers, Exposed, are founded on horn speaker technology, which involves a driver moving air through a pipe and out of a horn-shaped opening.
Linski, who moulded the speakers himself as part of a graduation project, says he likes working with this “raw, rough material” because it is usually only ever used as a “hidden material covered by layers of plaster and paint.”
The speakers, which weigh an impressive 123 pounds, are a great piece of design and their visual appeal and striking appearance are sure to give them an incredible presence in any room.
Concrete Luna iPhone Case
The Luna phone case has been manufactured by specialist Korean firm Posh Craft, working alongside Realize, the designers that made the idea a reality.
The Luna skin is made from flexible concrete, so it offers the ultimate in protection for your phone. Not only that but every case is completely different as the concrete forms bubbles that result in a unique pattern of tiny craters on the surface of the case – similar to the surface of the moon, hence the name!
Despite it being made from concrete, the case adds very little bulk to the phone – so you get the robust strength of the material, without it weighing your pocket down.
4th Dimension Concrete Wrist Watch
The designers at 22 Design Studio specialise in the creation of innovative personal accessories, handmade from some unusual materials such as concrete and metal. Their latest design, the concrete wrist watch, is an extension of their already popular concrete clock.
Similarly to the clock, the watch has a distinctive concrete face, and although there are no numbers, each hour section is raised to a different level, to almost resemble a spiral staircase, making it very easy to read.
The watch also combines some more commonplace materials, such as a stainless steel case, a copper crown and movement, a glass cover, and a leather strap.
Concrete Espresso Machine
Shmuel Linski makes his second appearance in our list with his innovative concrete espresso machine! The working coffee maker was designed and created by Linski to be a functional and highly striking kitchen appliance.
Called Espresso Solo, the conceptual product features inner metal mechanisms which are encased in concrete.
When discussing the espresso machine, Linski said: “I had a vision: concrete in the kitchen, not only as a wall or decorative part; I wanted it to be a desirable consumer product. The contrast between the roughness, massiveness and hardness of the concrete and the fine metal parts, which are dealing with the coffee preparation process, was very challenging and interesting for me.”
Inside Out Table Lamp
The Inside Out table lamp, created my Daevas Design, is an example of their work exploring different materials with functional work.
The lamp is the perfect way to display the unique qualities that concrete has to offer, and showcases that although it is a rough, heavy material, it can be used to produce fine detail and intricate structure.
The lamp is rough and flat on one side, with the recognisable appearance of concrete, whilst the other side features an intricate internal structure of small steps, making the lamp more of a sculptural piece for art that is unique from every viewpoint, than a functional appliance. that appears unique from every angle.
Whether functional, practical or purely aesthetic, there appears to be no limit to the uses of concrete, and the creative results we’ve found are both incredibly imaginative and highly impressive!
Here at EasyMix, we are the specialists at the supply, delivery and accurate mixing of superior standard concrete and, although we have to admit that we have never made a concrete coffee machine, we do have a wealth of experience working with a host of commercial and domestic customers throughout London and the wider area.
So if you need concrete, whether for a large-scale construction project or small DIY job, we really are the premier choice. Simply give us a call today for more information and a free quote!