Creativity vs Art

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in creativity, design
Creativity vs Art

I have recently been privy to a very interesting conversation concerning the difference of creativity and art. My point of view has always been that these are two very distinct concepts, but for a good friend of mine they were the same. This was especially interesting in light of the fact that we have been […]

Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 in architecture, concrete design house, design, misc
Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

Bruce Mau is a well known self-taught Canadian designer who, until recently, worked primarily with brands and environments. His firm Bruce Mau Design continues this work, but Bruce Mau the man along with his wife has started a new venture called Massive Change, which was borne out of an art exhibition on the future of […]

Louis Khan, Light and Shadow

Posted by on Aug 19, 2013 in architecture, design, interior design, modern
Louis Khan, Light and Shadow

Louis Khan is one of the most influential architects of the 20th century while also being one of the least talked about. A lot of people cite him as their inspiration but very few actually talk about him. But this is what should expected from a man that eschewed conventional methods of working and thinking. […]

Design is for Everyone

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in concrete design house, design, training
Design is for Everyone

As you have probably noticed, we talk a lot about design, the creative process, and their affects on our lives as individuals. I recently read this post by Nick Wynja on hackmake.org about this very thing. Nick is a fine writer and I would truly be hard pressed to write anything more spot on. Check […]

The New Modernism

The New Modernism

We talk a lot about modern design and architecture around here. In light of this, I thought it would be worth exploring what exactly it is that we are talking about. As it turns out, the way we at Set in Stone use the idea of “modern” (and even “postmodern” for that matter) is really […]

Belong to Where You Are

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in concrete design house, design, misc
Belong to Where You Are

I found this image on Tumblr the other week and really liked what it said. “Belong to where you are.” But since then, it has started to bug me. What does this even mean? Obviously it is cueing into a very base human need to belong, but it is also being very specific to whom […]

A Culture of Repair

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in design, misc, repair
A Culture of Repair

Opportunities for creativity are what we live for around here. We all become pretty grumpy when we fall into those creative slumps where life/work start requiring that we just get stuff done. We love and thrive on the periods of design, the moments of problem solving and days spent making something new and unseen. But […]

Luxury and Craftsmanship.

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in concrete design house, design, interior design, misc
Luxury and Craftsmanship.

What is luxury? It has been defined as many things over the centuries and seems to be difficult to pin down. For the purposes of this post let us just agree that luxury is what the rich have and the poor do not. (Never mind even attempting to define rich and poor.) Luxury is something […]

Great Process = Great Product

Great Process = Great Product

A good friend of mine recently sent me a message about a t-shirt he had seen. On this shirt was screen printed the words “Great Process = Great Product”. I imagine it was probably some sort of branded advertising shirt, created to impress on the viewer the quality of said company’s product (as an obvious […]

Mystery and the Creative Process

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in concrete design house, design, interior design, misc
Mystery and the Creative Process

Life is full of mystery. I sometimes wonder if we don’t try to forget this or at least try to ignore it. Admittedly, mystery can be difficult. It’s really not understood and it often undermines our sense of control. While probably any normal person would admit that it is impossible to maintain total control of […]

Peter Zumthor

Peter Zumthor

I am very excited to share a treat with you this week. He is the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. If you are already familiar with him, please forgive me for arriving late to the party. I can’t believe I haven’t found him before now. He was born in1943 as the son of a cabinet maker. […]

Thinking on what it is to be “local”.

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in concrete design house, misc, training
Thinking on what it is to be “local”.

What does it mean to be local? To be a part of a local economy? To be a neighbor in a neighborhood? But then again, what does it mean to be a neighbor in a community that is not defined by geography? These questions are especially important in a time that globalism is the norm, […]

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in concrete design house, design, misc, training
Shop Class as Soulcraft

As stated on our about page we at Set in Stone “are just simple designer/makers trying to do better.” Though this may seem simple and benign enough, the truth is that defining what “better” is and following through is anything but simple. We live in a time full of choice and all the distractions that […]

Local Economy: neighborhood + subsistence

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in concrete design house
Local Economy: neighborhood + subsistence

Wendell Berry, if you are unfamiliar, is a farmer, writer and professor who lives in works in Lane’s Landing, Kentucky. He is a man with keen insight and an uncommon depth of wisdom, though I can not agree with everything he says. He writes mostly of the fall of rural culture and economy, and is […]

John Cleese on Creativity

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in design, misc
John Cleese on Creativity

      When I first watched this video I found it most encouraging and enlightening. I posted it on FaceBook because that really is the easiest and fastest way to share things on the web, but the more I have thought about it, the more these ideas deserved exploring. We at Set in Stone […]

the Teahupo’o bench

the Teahupo’o bench

Sometimes it seems that pieces make themselves. But we all know this not to be true. Blood, sweat and profanity is always spilt. It is during these bloody gory times that skill, passion and inspiration fall into place and “life” is created. This is what happened with the Teahupo’o bench. The truth is that the […]

Buddy Rhodes Custom Paver Project

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Buddy Rhodes, design, projects
Buddy Rhodes Custom Paver Project

Big Thanks to Buddy Rhodes for this great intro project.   Here’s the excuse you’ve been looking for to get dirty, kill an afternoon and flex your concrete muscle. It only takes a bag of mix, a few colors and some scrap wood. You’ll get a cool paver/mat out of it, not to mention the […]

Fixing, repairing and general mayhem

Fixing, repairing and general mayhem

So as a follow up to our last post on Wabi-Sabi (click here to read) I thought it would be a good time to introduce some thoughts on what it means to repair our own stuff. Wabi-Sabi (as we approached it) is a philosophical/aesthetic ideal that embraces the wear and tear of life on materials […]

Wabi-Sabi?

Wabi-Sabi?

I have recently been reading on the Asian aesthetics of wabi-sabi and have found it very interesting and inspiring. Granted it has its origins in philosophy and religion, but I am mostly concerned with its physical and aesthetic application. There is a lifetime of understanding and nuance that I am lacking, but I do not […]

Concrete vs.

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012 in concrete design house, interior design, kitchen
Concrete vs.

We are fortunate to live in a situation that we have more than our fair share of choices about most things in life. Often times we we have to choose between many good things and there is not a clear bad choice. We often get asked the differences between concrete and other countertop options available; […]

Hobson- concrete bike stand/table

Hobson- concrete bike stand/table

What is a Hobson? Well that’s the wrong question my friend. Who is Hobson is more accurate. Hobson is the fictional butler of Arthur, who is loyal, unapologetic and always fashionable. Our Hobson is a handsome bike stand/table for your entryway. He is simple sophisticated and functional, not unlike the real fictional Hobson. His small […]

Design is Context.

Design is Context.

Design is Context. This should be the undeniable understanding from which everything begins. Whether it is a city, a house, a kitchen table, or even a napkin; for these things to be worth creating or buying, their contexts must be understood. All too often, great opportunities are ruined by an absence of context. There are […]

Redefining the Sink

Redefining the Sink

The flow and movement of water has captivated man since the beginning. Water is an essential part of our essence and survival; often one that is taken for granted with nary a thought. By rethinking the traditional sink we are bringing attention and appreciation back to one of the most basic elements.   The modern sink […]

the 300 Year Old Mantel

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in architecture, design, GFRC, interior design, misc
the 300 Year Old Mantel

Could we recreate a 300 year old French stone mantel out of concrete? This was the question posed to us by a hopeful client. She had visions of old world beauty and character with all of its aged worn, charm being created in her living room.