The Case for Concrete Countertops

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in concrete design house, GFRC, interior design, kitchen, modern

picturesque cabin with gorgeous concrete countertops

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!

Why Your Room Didn’t Turn Out Like that One in Architectural Digest

Why Your Room Didn’t Turn Out Like that One in Architectural Digest

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 […]

Teaser: Product Prototype

Teaser: Product Prototype

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.

Apologies.

Posted by on Aug 23, 2014 in architecture, creativity, design, interior design, misc

I am sorry for giving you two weeks in a row of links we like on the web. Things are crazy busy with various things, but I wanted to share some pretty cool things with you guys. The beauty and power of design driven thinking… for fun. Fantastic urban art by Borondo in Atlanta. Read […]

Ideas from the World Wide Web

Ideas from the World Wide Web

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 […]

Grand Opening Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in design, furniture, interior design, our store, table
Grand Opening Giveaway

To celebrate the grand opening of our online store (concretedesignhouse.com) and launching of a new product line we are giving away one of our concrete and steel side tables. To enter just follow the directions below. Good Luck. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.

Say Hello to Irene

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in concrete design house, design, interior design, misc, modern
Say Hello to Irene

Introducing Irene. She’s a beaut of an iPad workstation. Cast from concrete (yeah thats right, concrete) she is dependable, sophisticated and incredibly hip.  Who wants to look at a stray piece of plastic sitting on their desk when their iPad is mobile? Irene looks good and functions whether or not she is cradling your iPad. […]

What the GFRC!

What the GFRC!

GFRC is the wave of the future. GFRC is the best thing since sliced bread. GFRC is the absolute hottest topic that everyone that is anyone is talking about. Just uttering the words GFRC make you cool; so if you want to impress your designer/architect friends read on and take notes.  The truth of the […]