Twisted Concrete Bench is designed for indoor and outdoor spaces. The bench's two straight ends are contrasted by a twist, which creates the support for one side and guides the form, providing a smooth seating for up to three, while shaping the furniture piece into a fluid landscape, expressing softness, and a sense of movement.
Designer: Badih Rameh Location: Beirut, Lebanon Materials: Concrete, Steel Dimension: L 200 x W 40 x H 40 Cm Year: 2018 Produced by: Badih Rameh Email: email@example.com
Concrete is known for its solidity, strength and durability, often used to create large monolithic forms. Using concrete as material to stabilize the shape, the challenge of this project was the creation of the mold, especially for the twisting part. The process was facilitated using a 3-dimensional modeling software that split the mold into two. After that, a CNC-machine was used to cut out the plywood pieces that constructed the mold for the concrete. Once the concrete hardened, it was possible for the piece to be removed from the mold, was sanded three times, and cured for 7 days. This helps the piece to reinforce, harden and bond with internal materials.
The Designer likes to create pieces where it is NOT easy to know what time they come from. If you use plastic, acrylic, resin, then you know it is from the 1970s, 80s, 90s. Concrete is a timeless material and the ocean is timeless as well.
This almost surreal bench uses cutting edge technology to create a powerful contrast between the hard concrete piece and the soft wavy twist of its shape. This contrast tricks the viewer into thinking of a simpler material to mold. "Twisted Concrete Bench" inspires further original uses of concrete, the material already being a widely appreciated one in the current interior and exterior trends.