Florian Schmid

Stitching Concrete

Stitching Concrete - Bench & Chair

Stitching Concrete is a project, inspired by the contrasts of the Material Concrete Canvas. These stools are made by folding fabric that's impregnated with cement then drenching it in water. It consists of cement layered between fabric and a PVC backing. Once soaked it can be manipulated for a few hours before hardening. A wooden mould supports it while drying within 24 hours. Before that the edges have been stitched together with brightly coloured thread. The Material combines the warm softness of the cloth and the stability of the cold concrete, but the finished surface keeps the soft appearance. The Project plays with a visual delusion that actually cloth can not give the strength to sit on. After some first test how to handle the material the designer tried to approach through different channels like patterns, stitchings, and all kinds of origami. For the final mock-ups thin foam rubber simulated the abilities of the real material as best. The Stools are for indoor and outdoor use, caused by the material´s durability against UV and chemicals, fire proofed, water resistant and strong enough to sit on.

Material: Concrete Canvas

Bench - w 1200 mm, h 470 mm, d 370 mm
Chair - w 430 mm, h 800 mm, d 550 mm

Year: 2011-2013


iF concept design award 2012

Interior Innovation Award 2012, nominated


Florian Schmid