Today we have a guest post on the advantages on polished concrete, apparently both pragmatic and pretty, who'd've thought?
Are you looking for a style that will make your jaw hit the floor? Consider the possibilities of polished concrete for your flooring needs. Concrete Floor Polishing is the low cost, low maintenance way to beautify your home or business.
Retails stores and high-end office spaces have been using polished concrete as a best kept secret to add pop to their presentation. Now home owners are using the same high-shine flooring to make their homes get that showroom quality. Polished concrete provides a shiny, glossy surface that gives any area a bright, clean look.
It may look pearly smooth, but cleaned and maintained polished concrete is no more slippery than plain concrete surfaces. Polished concrete is overall less slippery than waxed linoleum or polished marble surfaces. In addition, anti-slip treatments and conditioners can be applied during routine cleaning as extra assurance against slippage and accidents.
With an appearance similar to granite or marble, polished concrete may look expensive, but its affordability gives it its highest shine. Polished concrete is especially beneficial in high-traffic and high-wear areas since it is easy to clean, and resists scuff and tire marks. The dense surface of polished concrete acts as a resistor to stains from oils or liquids. Installing polished concrete eliminates the need for costly, timely waxes or protective coatings in order to maintain its beauty. Polished concrete is meant for longevity, it brags a higher lifespan than materials such as Vinyl Composition Tile (VCT) or upgraded stone tile; needing to be refinished once every decade or so.
Polished concrete is easy on the eyes and easy on the environment. It contains no Volatile Organic Compounds, making it a truly environmentally kind way to floor your home or business. The lack of coatings applied, such as epoxies, urethanes, or waxes means no hazardous wastes.
Polished concrete is a cost smart way to make your floor dazzle.
Florris Wubben and Bauke Fokkema
Studio Florris Wubben is a Dutch company that focuses on the subversion of materials, twisting the standard understanding of a material into a new path. They then use this newly constructed platform and use it to develop sculptural elements in their furniture. They strive to uses the abundance of verity in nature to dictate the shape and attempt to not interfere with the natural elements they uses as much as possible. They allow the nature to speak for its self. When they combine new elements and manmade elements with the natural ones they maintain the same dogma of trying to limit human interference as much as possible letting the piece decided its own direction.
Upside down Chair (left) and Lounge (right)
Though probably the most notably of their projects uses a minimal combination of exterior elements and limited interaction. The projects main interaction comes in the training of part of a willow tree, it is bound, twisted, bent and split into the desired position for legs and then section from the felled section is dried. The project is completed by the inverted section being polished and presented as a seat. The project aptly titled “Upside Down”, was done in collaboration with artist Bauke Fokkema. So far two pieces have been produced “Upside Down Chair” and “Upside Down Lounge”.
Upside Down Chair
Upside Down Lounge
Hey, another guest post about concrete?! What are the chances of that? At least it's a handy resource for all your concrete needs!
Concrete flooring is strong, durable and long lasting but even the toughest flooring has its weaknesses. How can you protect the investment of concrete flooring for years to come?
Concrete is virtually indestructible, but that doesn't mean it is completely impervious to cosmetic damages. Staining, cracking and scuffing are real threats to the attractiveness of a concrete floor. Concrete is essentially porous and capable of absorbing nastiness such as oils and dirt, penetrating deep into the recesses of the concrete itself where cleaners just can't reach.
The answer is an epoxy coating over the concrete floor. Epoxy flooring is bright and shiny and the thick, durable layer seals off the porous surface of the concrete, rendering the floor stain proof. The smooth, glass-like finish also makes cleanup quicker and easier than ever before since pollutants have nothing to cling to during the cleaning process.
Polished concrete floors are excellent for garages and driveways but the aesthetically pleasing gloss also lends itself well to a variety of other more modern applications such as indoor interior spaces. There are a number of epoxy flooring treatments available that alter the finished appearance of the floor, making it a lovely contrast in kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms. There will likely be a surge in the popularity of indoor concrete flooring as interior decorators and designers take advantage of all that epoxy has to offer.
An epoxy coating is a great investment in the life of new concrete with many brands boasting warranties up to 20 years in length. As long as the floor is resealed at the manufacturer's recommended intervals the floor will perpetually remain in brand new condition with no scuffs or stains. Epoxy coatings are an excellent investment for serious homeowners concerned about the lasting beauty and protection of their valuable investment.
Cleveland Art creates functional household, shop and hotel furniture from recycled vintage industrial surplus. It seamlessly fits both contemporary and traditional interiors, the combination between simple minimalistic shapes and work worn steel, wood and glass gives the furniture a complete immunity from time. They scream both modern and old simultaneously somehow without competing for which has the loudest voice.
The strange dual life these designs hold continues as you consider that they uncannily resemble minimalist sculptures fit for any art gallery and an old GYM bench or factory employee’s coat hook. This tandem existence is nothing short of genius.
I personally love these designs there is a strong masculinity which is perfect for a city apartment, and could work extremely well in contrasting against feminine designs. With the right use of these the designs you could create a perfect androgynous harmony in a space, or go all out masculine and have your space harder and grittier.