Concrete furniture design

Concrete furniture design

From poured
floors to striking, industrial-style storage and even the kitchen sink, the
homeowners of this West London property have been experimental with concrete.
Here, architect Luke McLaren of McLaren Excell talks about the interior and how
you could mimic its contemporary look.

Concrete is
hard wearing
, economical, creates a beautiful textural finish and absorbs heat
extremely well. Once warmed, it effectively becomes one enormous radiator,
meaning it’s ideal to use on top of underfloor heating or near a window, where
it can soak up the warmth of the sun.

The
concrete in this house was poured in situ
. We had a certain surface texture in
mind that cannot be achieved with pre-cast concrete elements. We also wanted
the surface to look continuous and fluid, which meant we needed to avoid joints. It’s usually less expensive to go down the in-situ route.

The overall
expenditure depends on the complexity
and size of the project. Concrete
flooring can cost as little as £100 per square meter, but anything more
structural, such as tables, benches and columns, will be more expensive because
they require formwork and reinforcement. For a piece of concrete furniture that
is less than 2.5 meters tall, be prepared to pay approximately £300-£600 per
linear meter.

A room
filled only with concrete will feel cold and visually relentless
. If a material
that you are using lacks a particular quality – such as softness or tactility –
try to pair it with other materials that have this attribute in abundance. It’s
also important to think about creating contrast. We used Douglas fir in the
loft, and grey elm and European oak in the living rooms.

Existing materials are
just as important as any new ones.
 Painting
portions of brickwork a tonal color is a great way to merge old elements of a
house with the contemporary.



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