florian schmid: stitching concrete
 
florian schmid: stitching concrete florian schmid: stitching concrete
aug 09, 2011

florian schmid: stitching concrete

‘stitching concrete’ by florian schmid

german designer florian schmid has developed ‘stitching concrete’, a project which has been influenced by the contrasts of the material concrete canvas (CC). concrete cloth (CC) is a flexible cement impregnated fabric that hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable water proof and fire proof concrete layer. it combines the softness and warmth of fabric with the stability of cold, hard concrete.

to create each stool, schmid has built a special wooden rack that is used as a mould in which he forms the concrete canvas around it. the device gives hold to the material during the watering and drying process in which the exposed seams are sewn together with either blue, red or yellow string providing extra stability and reinforcements. once the stool is hardened, it can be removed from the mould, which always remains the same, but can be adjusted according to the different heights, lengths and widths of the objects.

variation of ‘stitching concrete’

see designboom’s coverage on the research and evolution of concrete canvas here.

‘stitching concrete’ in red

‘stitching concrete’ in yellow

‘stitching concrete’ in blue

proof of the material’s strength and stability

detail

the making process:

rubber foam mock-ups

during initial tests of how to handle concrete canvas, schmid explored various patterns, types of stitching and origami folds. he developed mock-ups using thing rubber foam, which he found to simulate the abilities of the real material best.

 

concrete canvas

‘stitching concrete’ stool being held in place around the special wooden mould

the mould gives hold to the concrete canvas during its watering and drying process

  • oogie boogie !! 🙂

    Bull says:
  • fabulous! I’d like it better without the concrete finish

    A says:
  • This IS fabulous . . . the chair forms themselves are almost iconic. Now I’m wondering if this concrete fabric uses the same concrete that is coming out of Cambridge which is more eco friendly and about 10x stronger than concrete currently in use.

    Reminds me, too, of concrete shingles used for houses (burlap bags soaked in concrete) . . . there are just sooooo many possibilities.

    savannahjones says:
  • assolutamente geniale

    bsdes says:
  • Very nice!!

    Dario says:
  • kinda sori yanagi

    harpplayer says:
  • Very fine idea ! But maybe it would be even better, with use of a material, where it is not necessary with the concrete ?

    Mettte U says:

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