Until not so long ago, concrete was more or less reserved for construction only, but slowly we’ve seen it used in interior design more and more – from furniture to finishes and decorative objects.
Given its weight and density, it’s an unlikely product to use in lighting design, but we like surprises and surprised we are to see a new wave of concrete lights enter the market. Today we round up our favourites…
Alexandre Dubreuil Design Studio’s Totem Light channels 80s Memphis Milano in its pastel accents and geometric form.
Concrete and glass meet seamlessly to form a perfect sphere, we love the simplicity of Joachim Manz’s Trabant Pendant Lamp.
Austrian designer Katharina Eisenkoeck designed a multifunctional lamp encased in concrete, with a stiffened saddle-leather strap for the utmost portability. The light is inspired by nomadic life and the revival of this flexible lifestyle. See more about the project here.
Chinese studio Bentu Design creates furniture and lighting using cement and occasionally bamboo accents. These products are a beautiful example of the possibilities of construction waster recycling. See more about the project here.
Concrete Lamp by Berlin-based studio LJ Lamps is a nice reminder concrete doesn’t equal grey. We’ve spoken about a love for tinted concrete before, and these lights are further proof it’s a hot way to treat the versatile material.
The Beton Concrete lamp by German-based Matthias Kothe features a recessed light source, making it suitable for a range of applications including mounting on the ceiling, hanging on the wall or placing on the table.
A winning combination of brass, opaque glass and concrete is used by Jonas Wagell in the design of his Concrete Lamp.
Concrete Lamps by Itai Bar-On and Oded Webman are available in beautiful dusty tones, proving concrete doesn’t equal industrial and minimal.
Elim Cheng experiments with crumple cast concrete in his ‘Concrete Lights Experiment’ design.
The Bryant Concrete Table & Desk Lamp from Schoolhouse Electric – a modern take on classic lamp styles. We love the perforated brass shade and base, concrete’s best friend in our eyes.
How perfect are the trumpet-esque proportions of the Aplomb Light by Foscarini? A playfully refreshing approach to form.
James Burgess uses wire and concrete to create his industrial T-Light Series.
Enormous love for the sculptural organic form and used of smokey glass in Stilsucht’s Leimu Light.
Insect-like in structure, Doreen Westphal’s Magno Tube Lamp features a metal stem that can be positioned upright or at an angle thanks to its magnet-embedded concrete base.
Smooth, matte and earthy, we love the organic style of Benjamin Hubert’s hand-cast Heavy Lights.
A/STUDIO’s Mika Pendant features grainy textured concrete and a timber base – a minimalist yet organic object that easily compliments both traditional and modern interiors.
[Images courtesy of the designers.]
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