Concrete is definitely having a moment—and with the material’s renowned durability, it’s a moment that’s bound to last. Behind the grey stuff’s newfound design glory is German label Betoniu: in its Leipzig factory, label founder Thomas Reder works alongside young designers to produce objects of every size and shape, all made with the goal of showing off the material in its best light. The well-deserved result of this avant-garde approach to new design? A nomination for the German Design Award 2016, honouring Betoniu’s Lito tables and stools.
Heavy Wall Lamp by Betoniu
A rough material, freed from its familiar heaviness by a sense of visual and physical lightness: concrete has moved into the design lexicon—and into your living room. A pioneer in the realm of concrete design, German label Betoniu has been setting the trend since day one, transforming the construction material into unique pieces for well-styled homes. Designed by renowned young English designer Benjamin Hubert, the award-winning heavy light Wall Lamp enriches living, dining, or workspaces with its contemporary form. Casting design history, one object at a time.
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Heavy Pendant Lamp – Ø 23 by Betoniu
Lito:3 Side Table by Betoniu
Designed by Stephan Schulz and nominated for the German Design Award 2016, the Lito:3 Side Table’s contoured surface and steel frame enriches living, dining, or workspaces with its contemporary form. Casting design history, one object at a time.
Concrete Nesting Box by Betoniu
Air Stool by MALAFOR
A perfectly comfortable seat makes you feel like you’re floating on air. Breathing new life into seating, Polish label MALAFOR’s Air Collection joins chic styling with inflatable furnishings. An innovative object that balances a modern concept with classic carpentry, the Air Stool sports an extremely durable, non-flammable, and easy-to-maintain synthetic leather-covered inflatable cushion and an oak wood frame—a fresh, light, and airy approach to living room relaxation.
Stokke Stemps all in one
There are very few furniture designs available in the market that are suited to the user’s body growth pattern. The above pictured Stokke Steps seats from Permafrost belongs to this exclusive club, with its collective nature of design progression that matches up with a child’s growth.
Catering to the lengthy stretch of time between a kid’s infancy to his early childhood, the modular Stokke Steps seats are based around a simple yet flexible structural core. For example, when catering to a newborn baby, the seat acts a snug bouncer with unique cradling motion. And, as your baby turns into a toddler, the recliner makes way for a guarded high chair, and ultimately a normal chair with leg support.
This all-in-one nature of the seating series alludes to a practical furniture system specially tailored for child safety. Moreover, there is an ergonomic side to the whole affair. According to the creators, the very design aim of the Stokke Steps is to infuse both active comfort and spatial freedom to the child, all within the scope of greater safety.
So, at the end of the day, it is the versatility of Stokke Steps that makes it an apt furniture series for inexperienced parents.
Full Clock by Jakub Velinsky
Creating an industrial atmosphere at home or the office doesn’t require moving to a converted warehouse. Based in Ústí nad Orlicí, Czech designer Jakub Velinsky’s minimalistic clocks have just the right look to set the scene. The materials highlight the beauty of contrast, mixing smooth concrete and brightly coloured aluminium hands for industrially inspired comfort in the office, living room, or kitchen.