The Twisted Concrete Bench 2.0
Lebanese designer Badih Rameh’s new bench is part of his ‘Twisted Concrete’ collection that leverages the geometric complexity afforded by concrete.
In the last few years, concrete has paved its way to the forefront of the design world. It was not typically thought of as a material for furniture and other products. More recently, however, everything has changed, largely due to improvements in concrete mixtures and the integration of new digital technologies in the construction industry.
Consequently, concrete has begun being used in a variety of objects in the fashion and design world, including home furniture.
Following the success of the first twisted concrete bench, conBRete which is a firm that works on innovations in concrete by Badih, delivered a new 260cm long bench that features an unconventional 90-degree concrete twist, making this rigid material look playful and fun.
The design is mainly made of a continuous concrete layer that begins as structural support and twists to offer a comfortable place to sit for up to three people. It comes in two lengths, the standard version and the extended one which is contrasted by a flowerpot to add a touch of green to the environment.
Concrete is usually referred to as solid, bold, and heavy-looking material and is most commonly used for large load-bearing structures. The aim behind the ‘Twisted Concrete’ collection is to re-imagine the use of concrete and transform it into modern, distorted work of art that can be perfectly suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces, and easily integrated into any type of project whether private or public.
“Concrete is durable, cost-effective, low-maintenance, and weather-resistant for outdoor areas. What is also considered important for such non-standard designs is that concrete has the ability to provide a smooth and continuous texture which makes it appear soft and fluid. In the case of the new bench, the finish of the bench will remain exposed smooth with a coat of varnish to protect the texture from dust,” explains Badih.
“Concrete is the material of choice and the most favoured for most surfaces, whether single, double curved or freeform, mainly because it can be moulded into any desired shape in its plastic state,” says the designer on the use of concrete.
Material: Reinforced Concrete
Dimensions: L 260cm x W 40cm x H 40cm
Designer: conBRete by Badih Rameh
Fabrication Team: conBRete x Intex for Construction
Photographs: Anthony Assaad