The complete casting+ spring training is in the rearview, but we won’t soon forget the awesome time that we had! Justin and Nathan taught for three days about all of the ins and outs of casting concrete. We covered bag mixes that can be purchased from Buddyrhodes.com as well as our own mix designs that […]
We normally mix small batches of concrete and work with smaller molds for custom projects that range from table top planters to the tables themselves as well as fireplace surrounds, and more. This past week we used a little more concrete than normal in the addition to the Set in Stone shop and instead of […]
Ok, so this past week, we traveled a couple hours south to the outskirts of Atlanta to attend a Buddy Rhodes event called “Epic.” What’s Epic? Basically, it’s a three-day gathering of the world’s concrete artisans and makers to collaborate, talk, listen, learn, and push the envelope on what’s possible with concrete. I heard someone describe it as “A smaller specialized Burning Man for concrete enthusiasts”, and from what I experienced that might not be far off. One thing is sure; this creative world of concrete isn’t a boring place.
Whether you’re looking to buy a house or already have your home, the kitchen is a social center. It’s a must see for potential buyers and it’s used every day by you and your family. It is firmly cemented as the most important room in the house and your countertops are the jewel on the crown of your kitchen. If you’re in the middle of a kitchen redesign and looking for new countertops, have you considered concrete? Have questions? Let us walk you through it!
This past week I had the unfortunate privilege of digging out my own septic tank by hand. Yes, in the middle of a hot humid north Georgia summer I was literally shoveling shit. This gave me plenty of occasion to think about everything, including what it is we do at Set in Stone (because the […]
So often, people see something that they like and they want to replicate it in their own homes. Sometimes this works but often it doesn’t. Why? Context. In design, context is everything. This is my mantra as an interior designer; it’s the one thing that I have the most difficulty helping people understand. And though […]
The ability and even the desire to repair and fix our own stuff is becoming increasingly rare. This fact saddens us. Repair is at the very core of self sufficiency. While it is important for the individual, it is crucial for communities. Cheap labor and manufacturing costs have paved the way for a culture of […]
There are two words that are especially dear to our hearts here in the studio. We undoubtedly use them too much. These words are “craft” and “creativity”. And yes while they may be trite and overused, we love them. They conjure up a multitude of meanings and are often linked together as if they are […]
Maybe you have already heard, but we are moving our showroom. Yep, that’s right, we’re moving. No worries though. We are still going to be on the Southside. We just needed more shop space. But the problem is that we will not have our new showroom ready in time and we do not want to […]
Andy Roth is a craftsman that came through one of our training sessions last year. He hails from Canada and is one of the most creative and eclectic guys we know, so we asked him a few questions about his path and personal creative process. He has known he wanted to be a builder of […]
(This is another article written by Jeremy French of Buddy Rhodes Concrete. The original can be found here. We thank Jeremy and Buddy Rhodes for allowing us to share this article on our blog.) The majority of artisan concrete projects, including concrete countertops, architectural panels, concrete vanities, and concrete furniture pieces often achieve their primary […]
(This article is written by Jeremy French of Buddy Rhodes Concrete. The original can be found here. We thank Jeremy and Buddy Rhodes for allowing us to share this article on our blog.) The majority of artisan concrete projects, including concrete countertops, architectural panels, concrete vanities, and concrete furniture pieces often achieve their primary […]
I sat down with Charles Coleman on a warm fall afternoon to talk about his personal creative process and how it was developed. As our friend and official photographer, Charles has been hugely influential in the development of Set in Stone’s visual presentation. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed talking […]
Here are a few close up shots of our latest furniture prototype. I can’t really say much about it right now, but we are really excited about it. It is the product of new collaborations and playing with new materials; more steel, beautiful leather, and it will all flat pack for shipping. Yeah, we’re excited.
Staj Olson of Set in Stone sat down with me a week or so ago to discuss his personal views on creativity and his struggles with being a creative person. Staj is an incredibly pragmatic person; a self described “right-brain” thinker. This often implies that it is logic that rules the day rather than creativity, […]
This week we are trying something new by sharing just a few awesome links we found this week. Enjoy. Louis Khan: We have written about Louis Khan before (here), but this article in The Guardian is a good intro. Click here to read. Bathroom Styles: Interested in industrial style bathrooms? Check out some ideas […]
Last week I had the chance to sit down with our own Justin Burd and talk about what living creatively means to him. It was a great conversation and especially interesting to hear how life outside of the shop affects his work. We began by talking about where he came form and how concrete became […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]