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    A concrete couch designed by Tina Rugelj (www.tinarugelj.com)

    In the mid-20th century, concrete became unfashionable due to its extensive use on large housing projects and tower blocks. However, new techniques and imaginitive designers are giving the material a new lease of life.

    Souda, a New York City-based design studio, has been experimenting with all kinds of concrete structures, including furniture. “In a lot of design, concrete is still used in a blocky way. But it is a fluid material from which we can now make any sort of three-dimensional shape,” said Isaac Friedman-Heiman, one of the co-founders of the company. Traditionally concrete is mixed with gravel and sand, but high-tech materials like fibreglass and steel-reinforced microfibres have allowed the designers to create almost anything they can imagine.

    Concrete seater designed by Tina Gru

    Concrete seater designed by Tina Rugelj (www.tinarugelj.com)

    Tina Rugelj, a Slovenian architect, has been researching concrete furniture techniques for several years. Her collection of fibre-reinforced concrete outdoor furniture was presented in Milan last year. “While designing this collection, I wanted to use all of the potential of the material: its extreme thinness (the thickness of my product varies between 10mm and 16mm); lightness (from 9kg to 56kg); the way it can bend; and its weather resistance, both to cold and to heat.”The techniques used are still largely experimental, but as designers gain more experience with the material, we may see it becoming a large part of our home furnishings in the future.

    See the original article from ft.com here.

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