Why we love raw concrete in interiors pt.2

Is your furniture a part of your home? Or do you see it as the stuff inside your home?

Here’s the thing.

We’re all used to see an interior as a set of layers. The first layer are surfaces that define space – walls, floors, ceilings. Then there are floor and wall finishes. Curtains and carpets, maybe. Furniture comes next, just before decorations.

And usually, that’s not only how we see interiors, but also how we design them – one layer at the time.

Actually, most of the trending homes on Pinterest are designed that way. Designed as a space filled with pretty stuff.

They look good and stylish. You probably like them. We like them, too.

Yet, you might have noticed we don’t feature that type of interiors. Partly because there’s not much to say about them, but mostly because our goal is not to show you what to buy. It’s not even to show you what we think you should like.

Most of the time, it’s not important if you like the interiors we feature. We hope you do because you probably won’t take the time to read about something you dislike, and one of the biggest fears bloggers share is publishing posts no one reads.  But what’s important is the understanding why architects/interior designers designed something the way they did, in order to learn how to use those ideas and create a space that’s ideal for you.

And even though we love a good DIY before-after story as much as everyone else, we’re focusing on homes designed by professionals.Because our not-so-secret agenda is to show you how easily you could design a home of your dreams, if you carefully, and on time, think about every detail.

And to carefully think about every detail means to be completely sure about your decision. It means to stand behind it as if it was set in stone.

Or as if it was poured into the formwork. Completely permanent.

And that’s just one of the reasons why we love concrete furniture.

Custom dimensions

Remember when we talked about modular dimensions of bathroom fixtures?

Thanks to mass production of standard elements used in homes, there are a lot of things we don’t have to think about. All we have to do is choose one option or a size.

But that doesn’t mean DUA won’t rethink those options. In order to use every square inch of the space, they decided to design a home where materials and structures were exposed and all the fitted furniture is custom made. This way they got an amazing and unusual bathroom.

Look at this bathtub!

DUA - Cratlach Mews House | bathtub | concrete bathtub | brick in the bathroom

DUA - Cratlach Mews House | sink | concrete sink | bathroom | white tiles
DUACratlach Mews House // photo: © Aisling McCoy

And the sink!

We can’t get enough of these stunning elements. Don’t they feel like a piece of nature inserted in the bathroom? Although concrete is of course (wo)man-made, it is controllable only up to a certain point. And so charmingly imperfect.

Creative designs

It seems to us that even the simplest pieces tend to look almost sculptural. Just check out these lovely examples of both form and function designed by CampoTaller!

CampoTaller - Casa S E L | concrete sink | bathroom | minimalist

CampoTaller - Casa S E L | kitchen | concree worktop
CampoTallerCasa S E L // photo: © Mortiz Bernoully

This house situated in the Coyoacán neighbourhood of Mexico City is a reconstruction of an old house built in the 1970s that needed some changes to meet the needs of its owners.
Amazing concrete detail is also a visual distinction between the old and the new structure of the house. The specific texture of the new structure is created by imprinting petate-sheets (carpet-like elements that are hand woven out of palm-leaves) into the concrete.

While ago, we wrote a post about TDH house. If you missed it, but are interested in how creative can you really get with concrete, check it out. It’s really one of our favourite interiors.

Material combinations

We love how concrete complements other materials. And it’s not just about different textures of the surfaces, but the different treatment of the surface edges. Joints between materials.

Like in this kitchen designed by Gus Wüstemann Architects. Concrete and wood. Concrete and steel. Concrete and this gorgeous worktop.

Gus Wüstemann Architects - House Z22 | kitchen | concrete kitchen

Gus Wüstemann Architects - House Z22 | bathroom | concrete sink | stone wall
Gus Wüstemann Architects – House Z22 // photo: © Bruno Helbling

Or this vanity. By the way, notice the thin shadow gap between the basin and the wooden element. Thin shadow gaps are very useful when you’re combining two different materials and are not sure if their dimensions will fit together perfectly.

You can see similar detail at the bottom of the mirror. But the one that also caught our eye is the skirting. Lack of the skirting, to be precise. So amazing!

Gus Wüstemann Architects - House Z22 | bathroom | concrete sink
Gus Wüstemann Architects – House Z22 // photo: © Bruno Helbling

This is a reconstruction of a 170 year old multi-family house in the area Seefeld of the city of Zürich. The built-in furniture is made of raw concrete, raw wood and raw plaster.

All the elements were put into the raw original state or it was rebuilt raw – a tribute to the material – without hierarchization. There are no inferior materials. Social contamination and connotation disappear. As a result, space becomes free and authentic – just as people can be.

The answer to a question why we love concrete in interiors is quite simple. Because it enables designers to create something out of nothing. Completly from scratch and with no limitations.

Aren’t you excited about all the beautiful things that are yet to be designed? We can’t wait to see more!

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