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Over the last few years, the cool, neutral grey tones of concrete have been dominating the design world. Whether this material is used as little decorative geometric objects on coffee tables or as the statement facade of a minimalist architecture home, concrete is making a revival as the new rough-luxe material. 

Since concrete was invented by the Ancient Romans over 2,000 years ago, the material has been adapted and used in a plethora of fascinating ways. The traditional, typical use is for constructing buildings, but in recent years the textured finish of cement is being used as a chic minimalist aesthetic for interior flooring and walls. Concreate is one such example, offering New Zealand-made innovative polished concrete floor and wall panelling products. 

Due to the material's ability to be cast, the liquid cement mixture taking into a form of the cast and solidifying into a unique object, concrete coffee, dining and outdoor ping pong tables are all being creatively designed. Subtle accents of the trend are being echoed in home decor magazines worldwide, especially with a two-tone concrete and rose-gold or copper blend. Bedside lamps with concrete bases or pendant lights with a concrete element are booming in popularity. Tiny pyramids or potted plants cast in concrete are being used as pieces on bookshelves or above the mantelpiece. 

Over the last few years, the cool, neutral grey tones of concrete have been dominating the design world. Whether this material is used as little decorative geometric objects on coffee tables or as the statement facade of a minimalist architecture home, concrete is making a revival as the new rough-luxe material. 

Since concrete was invented by the Ancient Romans over 2,000 years ago, the material has been adapted and used in a plethora of fascinating ways. The traditional, typical use is for constructing buildings, but in recent years the textured finish of cement is being used as a chic minimalist aesthetic for interior flooring and walls. Concreate is one such example, offering New Zealand-made innovative polished concrete floor and wall panelling products. 

Due to the material's ability to be cast, the liquid cement mixture taking into a form of the cast and solidifying into a unique object, concrete coffee, dining and outdoor ping pong tables are all being creatively designed. Subtle accents of the trend are being echoed in home decor magazines worldwide, especially with a two-tone concrete and rose-gold or copper blend. Bedside lamps with concrete bases or pendant lights with a concrete element are booming in popularity. Tiny pyramids or potted plants cast in concrete are being used as pieces on bookshelves or above the mantelpiece. 

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As for architecture, builders are extending the use of concrete beyond a construction material for the facade to an intentional feature of the internal walls, too.

Cox's Bay house by Steven Lloyd Architecture embraced this very design philosophy, built using a series of internal rooms with exposed concrete walls alternating with external courtyard gardens to blend the indoor-outdoor flow. 

Architectural innovation 

As for architecture, builders are extending the use of concrete beyond a construction material for the facade to an intentional feature of the internal walls, too.

Cox's Bay house by Steven Lloyd Architecture embraced this very design philosophy, built using a series of internal rooms with exposed concrete walls alternating with external courtyard gardens to blend the indoor-outdoor flow. 



The end result is an industrial-chic look that is both trendy and evokes timelessness due to the neutral grey colour palette and the rich history of concrete, used to create architectural masterpieces such as the Colosseum and Pantheon. 

Another architectural project that uses concrete artfully is a Hobson Bay House by Julian Guthrie Architecture. The home itself is built with concrete blocks arranged in an abstract, modern double-storey alignment.



The end result is an industrial-chic look that is both trendy and evokes timelessness due to the neutral grey colour palette and the rich history of concrete, used to create architectural masterpieces such as the Colosseum and Pantheon. 

Another architectural project that uses concrete artfully is a Hobson Bay House by Julian Guthrie Architecture. The home itself is built with concrete blocks arranged in an abstract, modern double-storey alignment.

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The back elevation showcases these concrete squares in all their glory, held upright by round concrete pillars that echo the Ancient Roman architectural tradition of using this medium so many centuries ago. The grooves and organic tonal shading of the concrete is on clear display, bringing texture and character to the home. 

Just like the long-lasting medium itself, it appears the current cement and concrete trend is here to stay. 

The back elevation showcases these concrete squares in all their glory, held upright by round concrete pillars that echo the Ancient Roman architectural tradition of using this medium so many centuries ago. The grooves and organic tonal shading of the concrete is on clear display, bringing texture and character to the home. 

Just like the long-lasting medium itself, it appears the current cement and concrete trend is here to stay. 

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