Concrete – you either love it or loathe it. Brutalist, cold, ugly, boring? We don’t think so! Like Jonathan Meades, who lives in an apartment in the Le Corbusier-designed Unité d’Habitation in Marseilles, we think it can be beautiful, warm and exciting.
We might not be able to afford a flat in London’s Trellick Tower or (Adelle’s favourite building) Brighton’s Embassy Court, but concrete furniture and homewares are much more attainable and within our price range. There are lots of ingenious (not to mention cheap to make) DIY home & garden ware concrete projects freely available on the internet. From lamps moulded in plastic drink bottles, to letters moulded in ice cube trays to a jewellery display moulded in a Marigold glove!
If you’re interested in watching Meades’ recent 2-part BBC documentary, “Bunkers, Brutalism, Bloodymindedness: Concrete Poetry”, we’ve embedded them below.
- Concrete wallpaper CON-06 by Piet Boon: £198.99, Bodie and Fou
- Swing rocking chair: £3,325, Milkster
- Empty spice set tubes with concrete base: £36.41, Etsy
- Gray Concrete font: €70, HandmadeFont
- Concrete at Home: Innovative Forms and Finishes by Fu-Tung Cheng: from £11.38, Amazon
- Tema Home Petra side table: £154.47, Wayfair
- Urban floor lamp, black: £99, made.com
- Stool with fly motif: £86, Notonthehighstreet
- Magis Chair One: £415, Nest.co.uk