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Brief Published: 11 Jul 2013

Wrk-Shp: Concrete Fashion & Home Designs


Concrete continues to enjoy a rebirth as designers experiment with the material, applying it to new home and fashion products. The recent three-piece Cylinder Series from Ryan Upton and Airi Isoda of LA-based studio Wrk-Shp is a prime example. 

Each item was designed with odd numbers in mind: the table has three concrete-tipped steel legs and one concrete-coated drawer, while the chandelier has five tiers of three steel arms that hold concrete-cast pendant lights. 

“Consumers seem to love concrete being used in new ways,” says Upton. “In our lighting products, the concrete is delicate, almost like porcelain or ceramic, and takes on new characteristics with grain and texture.”

Wrk-Shp’s earlier experiments with the material include a line of concrete pendant jewellery, a collection of handbags dipped in a concrete-latex mixture, and felted wool garments with concrete-dipped hems. In the future, the studio plans toexperiment with other building materials, such as liquid Tyvek. 

See Stylus’ Recasting Concrete report for more on how the material is being applied to interiors, product design and architecture in inventive new ways.