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    Wishing you a merry festive season, and all the best for 2012!

    It sure has been a busy year for CD Designs — we have been inundated with work, and have carried our concrete crusade around England implementing high quality pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios far and wide, sometimes branching out into slightly unfamiliar territories such as interior work, but always leaving a trail of satisfied customers in our wake.

    We’ve also been very active on our blog this year, publishing a wide variety of articles covering everything from practical tips and tricks for pattern imprinted concrete, to weird and wonderful concrete design work from designers the world over.

    We’d like to thank everyone involved in our success this year – all the staff at CD Designs, everyone who helped promote us, and of course, all the customers who put their trust in us to do a good job of adding concrete creativity to their homes, offices and other locations.

    Cheers.

    We look forward to working with you again in 2012!

    Do you have a concrete idea? Share it with us!

    At CD Designs, we are always on the lookout for great new concrete design ideas, and interesting new uses for concrete. We tend to throw a lot of ideas and discoveries out there, and we are sure that you – our beloved readership – are brimming with good ideas too.

    Therefore, we’d like to ask you to send in your ideas to us! Have you developed an innovative new sealing technique for pattern imprinted concrete driveways? Or an exciting alternative colouring or acid staining method? Are you an eco warrior armed with tips for making concrete installations more environmentally friendly, or have you discovered a really great new product you’d like to recommend?

    Alternatively, are you a mad inventor or designer who has built a concrete light aircraft, or a herd of brightly coloured concrete cows?

    Whatever the case, we’d love to hear from you! If you are referencing an online article please use our contact form, otherwise send your text and images to info@northwest-driveways.co.uk. You should make sure your images are cut down in size (around 100-200KB is reasonable for a good enough quality photo), otherwise they will be rejected.

    Note that, due to volume of submissions, not all items can be featured.

    Concrete storage cubes: stacks of fun

    We have explored numerous applications of concrete in interior design already on our blog, but this is the first time we’ve come across concrete storage units! For those of you who tire of the Ikea school of storage units, Florian Kallus’ wood and concrete creations offer a stylish and creative alternative.

    Dubbed Wahid, these units measure around a foot and a half square. They are made from moulded concrete with a wooden veneer inner layer, providing a delightful contrast between stark industrial function, and warm gentle texture.

    Being square, you can arrange them effectively to make good use of pretty much any space you have available. They are multifunctional, useful for mounting on the wall for elevated storage, or stacking up off ground level. And their size makes them versatile for storing a wide variety of objects of different types, from living room items such as DVDs and records, to kitchen utensils and food items.

    Settle in, with papercrete furniture?

    On contemplating furniture, you would probably be more likely to conjure up in your mind images of cosy soft fabric sofas or posh corporate office furniture, so what we have here for you may generate a degree of bemusement! Dutch designer Dik Scheepers’ papercrete furniture doesn’t really fit into any category, and doesn’t look particularly cosy. However, if you are looking for something a little different and like rough edges and rustic charm, it could be right up your street!

    Let’s look at them a bit more closely.

    Dik Scheepers has designed many beautiful and interesting bespoke items (see http://www.dikscheepers.nl/products), but on one occasion he was experimenting with Papercrete – a low-cost,  lightweight material often seen as being as an environmentally friendly concrete alternative because it is made largely using re-pulped paper fibre, and cuts down on the amount of cement needed in the mixture.

    This experiment led to the creation of Dik’s UnPølished collection (see http://www.dikscheepers.nl/products/116-unpolished) – a series of items of furniture including a stool, coffee table, chair, writing desk and more. These items are formed from moulded papercrete atop smooth wooden legs and frames. We think they have a delightful alternative charm, standing on their own against the usual slew of highlight polished and straight lined furniture!

    Concrete tiles

    Concrete has many uses beyond pattern imprinted concrete driveways – we are all agreed on that. In our quest to find more and more varied uses of our favourite building material, we have been exploring concrete tiles more and more recently. Concrete can be considered to be an ideal material for making tiles: it is cheap, easy to mould and imprint patterns into, hardwearing, suitable for painting, staining and other decorative treatments, and waterproof-able. In short, there are very few negatives here!

    As a great example, look at the internationally acclaimed Dune tiles – these very unique creations will give a beautiful, unique and striking effect to any interior. And you can get them in a variety of different materials – why not consider combining concrete tiles with gypsum, wood, or others?

    And Daniel Ogassian has a fantastic concrete tile range, available in a wide variety of colours, sizes and shapes, each one individually machine crafted. Check out some of his designs, and just look at the way he uses geometric shapes, interlocking patterns and fantastic textures to create some really breathtaking effects. He also customises them to order, customer by customer, so you you could call on Daniel to give you just the tiles you need!

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