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.