the limited edition candela tables designed by jorge diego etienne and produced by concreteworks reinterpret mexican modernism to a contemporary furniture design for both indoor and outdoor spaces. launched during this year’s milan design week, the tables pay tribute to felix candela, a pioneer architect who pushed the boundaries of concrete during the 1950’s in mexico. 

 


all images © jorge diego etienne 

 

 

using GFRC (glass fiber reinforce concrete) to create an otherwise impossible design, jorge diego etienne and concreteworks produced a coffee table where the concrete body’s edge floats in waves and a taller, smaller side table. the two combined felix candela’s concept of ‘cascarones” (thin shells made out of reinforced concrete) together with the lightness and fluidity of modern GFRC, to create thin surfaces with dramatic forms that push material technologies forward.

 

 

the geometric hypars are both elegant and durable
the choice of materials is a reference to mexican modernism

the design features a concrete body topped with a glass surface


the glass surface allows visibility of the concrete body


the GFRC process

 

 

 

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edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

  • I love the shapes, but question the fabrication method. That’s a lot of waste material and effort (“GFRC process”) to achieve what appears to be a simple and fluid form.

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