Although I am all about beautiful lush greenways and parks, I also have an affinity toward the brutalist style of architecture, and industrial revolution aesthetic. There is something beautiful about the simplicity of concrete. It is a material that is extremely strong in one direction, yet can be very fragile an another. Born from a necessity to build larger and faster, concrete is an elemental raw building material, primarily used at the core of a building process and then hidden either by paint or walls.
One thing that really brings out the industrial style is the fact that concrete doesn’t have to be beautifully refined. Since factory and warehouse construction was financially driven, these were built as fast and efficiently as possible during the industrial turn, and that translated into the overall aesthetic. Concrete wasn’t polished, or even painted. It was exposed, and made to get the job done. When a piece of furniture or décor can capture this necessity driven look, it becomes even more desirable in my view!
I love when building materials get exposed for what they are, and showcase their purpose. It’s almost like seeing the gears turning inside a Swiss watch, it helps to satisfy my curiosity as to the inner workings of something! I also love when materials get repurposed and pushed to the limits of what they are capable of. It’s amazing how a material like concrete can carry the soul of the materials that were used to form it. It’s almost like a building cycle of life. When you can see the wood grain in the final piece, from the wood forms, or the holes in a slab that were used to tie the forms together, It’s like the piece is giving you insight as to it’s creation! Building tables, and furniture out of concrete is a perfect example of this, and has really caught on in recent years.
Since I think being able to bring concrete into your home on a smaller scale (vs. pouring entire exposed walls) is a great way to introduce an industrial theme, I found a few tables built from concrete, that I would love to have for my own.