Concrete has come a long way since its humble beginnings in ancient Rome as a raw building material. For many years associated with post-war modernism, at first glance it might seem an unlikely choice for luxury interiors. But its strength and durability, combined with new technologies and techniques that make it easier to work with, are encouraging more and more designers to look at it in a new light.
Concrete is a tactile material with depth and surprising versatility. Its surface can be textured or smooth; curved or flat; neutral or coloured; matt, waxed or polished. As practical as it is aesthetically pleasing, it can act as a structure or as a finish and doesn’t need adornment or decoration. A true 21st century material, it is the very definition of unfussy confidence.
It’s a real skill to listen to the space and allow it to intuitively shape the interior, ignoring the urge to ‘add’ and recognising that simplicity is sometimes the most effective solution.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry–