Jul 2019 CONCRETE FURNITURE MYTHS
Sephaku Cement debunks myths about concrete furniture revealing both fact and fiction about cement based interior décor and age old concrete furniture myths. With a reputation of being cold, emotionless, rigid and suited only to warehousing, workshops and industrial purposes, concrete furniture and fittings surprise unassuming home decorators oblivious to the creative resourcefulness of cement based concrete furniture.
True or False? Cement is a Material Exclusive to Modern Construction
Positioned as a material of choice by modern-man, cement has in fact long been used in the production of both furniture and some of the oldest standing architecture debuting as early as the 19th century. In fact Thomas Edison who was more commonly known for having invented the lightbulb was also one of the first to have constructed a home using concrete. In efforts to sell the idea to the naysayers, after having recognised concrete for its durability and affordability, he also moulded a number of items of furniture to demonstrate his preference of concrete as a building material of choice.
Fact or Fiction: Concrete can’t Be Lightweight
While solid concrete furniture and movable fittings are weightier than wood, steel and other synthetic building materials, its weight in most cases, forms part of a list of Pro’s when weighing up concrete furniture, it’s not impossible to create cement based furnishings that can be moved. Employing varying cement blends or even making use of foam or stiff sponge like moulds, with a little help from technology, cement can be cured around the lightweight casts making items of furniture much lighter to carry and easier to move.
Myth Busted: Concrete is Cold and Uncomfortable
As with any soluble, blended and in its watered form, most wet material is cold and not necessarily pleasant to the touch but the belief that cured concrete furnishings are cold and uncomfortable to sit on is a myth. No more cold to be seated on than wrought iron, leather, marble and hard thick wood, concrete benches, stools and tables warm to the touch and in the sun much in the same way as its counterparts. Further to this, given its fluid and highly versatile make up, furnishings can be cast and moulded to take the shape of a seated form making furniture extremely comfortable and supportive to sit on.
So False: Concrete Furniture Designs are Limited and Limiting to Inter Design
Emphasised by its geometrical abstraction, ever heard of a movement in art lead by Theo van Doesburg? one of the first of many artists to reveal the versatility and adaptability of concrete design. Flexible and adaptable to take on any theme, shape, form, design and even colour, concrete furniture can be cast, moulded or sculpted into some of the most striking features to take centre stage in homes, businesses and art deco establishments worldwide.
Themed to suite any style desired, cement based applications and concrete furnishings blend into classic or contemporary themes, natural or industrial, minimalistic or detailed with the finest and most intricate etchings.