Designer Ivan Paul showed at the Dutch Design Week the results of his experiments with concrete, the purpose of which was to “change the image” of this brutal material and demonstrate that it can be bright, light and soft. “The main quality of concrete is its variability, it was it that prompted me to drop stereotypes and show the new side of the material,” explains the author of the project.
Paul achieved unexpected results, combining contrasting hues in one “mixture“, using pastel and caramel colors, emphasizing the porous structure of concrete. No less important role in this transformation was played by molds for casting: the resulting samples with textured surfaces demonstrate that concrete can be an excellent alternative to plaster, facing tile or stone. I want to believe that architects and designers will take Paul’s designs into service and soon we’ll see a project of a concrete house, which, contrary to the established ideas, will not be gray, but blue, pink, green, or better and more multicolored.