Concrete Chair by Tejo Remy & René Veenhuizen


Dutch designers Tejo Remy & René Veenhuizen have designed a collection of furniture that looks inflated but is actually made of cast concrete.

The series includes prototypes of two chairs, a bench and table that have been cast inside plastic sheeting and reinforced with steel rods and metal fibres.

The prototypes will be on show as part of an exhibition of the designers' work at the Industry Gallery in Washington DC later this week.

Called Hands On, the exhibition opens on 20 March and runs until 8 May.

The following details are from the Gallery:


Internationally Acclaimed Designers Remy & Veenhuizen Mark Ten Year Partnership

Industry Gallery will premier four prototypes from a news series of concrete furniture by Dutch designer Tejo Remy, a founding designer at Droog, and René Veenhuizen, his design partner of the past decade, at the opening of “Hands On” March 20, 2010, 6-8PM. This is the first solo U.S. exhibition for Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen and it will run through May 8. The exhibition focuses on the work, largely unknown in the U.S., produced by the designers during the past decade and will feature a dozen items created from concrete, bamboo, tennis balls, Accoya® and old woolen blankets.

The exhibition will introduce four prototypes – two chairs, a bench and a stool – for a series of furniture that appears to be made of inflated fabric, but actually is made from poured concrete. Remy & Veenhuizen cast each prototype as a single piece in individual molds created from waterproof PVC or plastic sheeting. Once assembled, the molds are placed upside down and concrete is poured into the feet. The legs are steel reinforced and the concrete itself contains small metal fibers that add stability. Within two days the works are solid enough for the mold to be cut off; and, within two weeks, the furniture is completely dry.

The concrete furniture prototypes stem from designers’ aesthetic that advocates using mundane material. The new works follow a lineage established in 1991 when Tejo Remy created “Rag Chair,” “Chest of Drawers (You Can’t Lay Down Your Memories)” and “Milk Bottle Lamp”, which reused and repurposed basic, discarded and underappreciated materials. Those three works, staples at Droog since 1993, are included in major public and private international collections.

"We wanted to create landscape elements that were tactile and soft, even though they were made from concrete. The original idea was to work with big rubber molds to create a soft appearance," said Veenhuizen.  Remy added, "We reduced the size of the works to make them more manageable. Then, as we experimented with the concrete, we became interested in the amount of pressure the concrete put on the molds, and how the end result made that pressure permanently visible."

“These new prototypes reflect the ingenuity, curiosity and inventive use of materials that are hallmarks of Tejo and René’s design ethos,” said Industry Gallery owner Craig Appelbaum.

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  • wasps

    can just imagine the kids running and jumping onto them and it all ending in a tears

  • Archo123

    Been done before…….. by a student too

  • pi

    o yes, this is definitely tricky!..but funny in the same time :)

  • bloomsbury Lou

    i ve got an idea….

    how about dezeen limits itself to one article a week on dutch designers.

    firstly it will drastically reduce the amount of entries that start;

    ‘(young) dutch designer(s)…..’

    but most of all it will spare us from having to see this awful/ugly/boring/crude post modern stuff all the time, i appreciate that the work here is by no means the worst in this category but enough is enough!

    why does nt dezeen exercise a bit more editorial license rather than acting as the de facto PR wing of the deisgn academy eindhoven and very average dutch design in general? im sure there is a lot of good design coming out of the netherlands, that does nt look like it has been made and conceived of by a 3 year old or fabricated entirely out of powder coated snot.


    • haha…you sure love your dutch designers…but true..there's alot about what you say…greetings from a dutch designer!

  • somedude

    super tight…like jeff koons

  • Rich

    I’ve seen this concept before in ‘Once Upon a Chair’ and on here ( with pretty the same process.

  • Jon

    Holy cow, I totally thought those were inflated. I would definitely try to plop down in one of those and be unpleasantly surprised…

  • jess

    hahaha i an see myself flopping onto these thinking they were a bit cushiony and ending up with bruises. but i love the effect

  • Booh

    Hum… thats strange, that student work is so similar to this one… Honestly I like the motive of the students work as opposed to this project. The packaging is what sold me.

  • Hayashi_Tori

    Sori, I just dun geddit. Why take all the trouble to create a replica of an inflated object with concrete that is heavy? What is the purpose and intention? The end product looked very raw and franky, quite ugly with bad finishing. Why not just have an inflated chair instead, which will definitely serve its function better being light weight and portable.

    • kdeg

      This is not about functionality, it is about the concept. The concept is to use found, discarded and under appreciated materials. It is a prototype, as the article says, so it doesn't have perfect finishing touches. If the chair were inflated it would be made of plastic which is already used to make inflatable chairs, and then it wouldn't be news. also an inflatable chair with that shape would not stand up if you sat on it so I don't see the point in that. plus, you don't want to have to keep blowing up your chair do you?

  • Tomás
    • marco iannicelli

      where do you see any similarity?

  • ste

    from an aesthetic-focused point of view i really like the chairs front leg! i looks liek someone filles his jeans leg with concrete… really nice details there.

    rest and the project as a whole is boring.

  • but then this tejo remy isnt a young dutch designer anymore but someone who lead the group of design in the 80 to where its now…
    How on earth can tejo come up with this.. totally below any level for such a person

    • kdeg

      What are you talking about? Did you read the article? Have you seen his rag chair and chest of drawers? I think this is a great idea, I love the forms, they look soft and inviting while being hard and un-appreciated. I wonder what "level" you mean when you say this is below it.

  • PeeBee

    @Bloomsbury Lou, I’m in whole hearted agreement. So much Dutch design is so concerned with self gratifying concept that any relevant innovation is lost in the mirade of snot and decoration. Bulldozer lamps… please

  • christian

    this really is an experiment and should stay like that.

  • Erik

    The dutch rule!

    New York wouldn’t be there whitout the dutch.
    Okay, this a poorly designed chair, but very good made!

    By the way: Job Smeets; isn’t he Belgian?


    Jeff koonish inspiration… nah

  • s.brajkovic

    put it outside…

    @anti dutch tearjerkers
    go and do something about it.

  • xtiaan

    you know its totally tedious when all these anal design pedants say
    DONE BEFORE! and gleefully post their link
    we are post post modern people
    we worked out over 30 YEARS AGO
    now please get on with your lives…

  • G. Bienek

    I was immediately drawn to these chairs. They looked like standard blow up chairs, but when i read that they were actually concrete, I was blown away!

    I wonder how many tries to took the artist to achieve the right tension with the mold to create a “filled with air” effect. The fact that all of the pieces look very weightless is awesome.

    (they make me want to sit on them haha)

  • These are great. I’ve often thought of doing something like this, but then again I want to mold everything. The mold making process must have been quite tedious, but at least their are built in seams in the model to hide the real seams.

    • kdeg

      I don't think the seams are hidden… they used plastic fabric to sew this shape and filled it with concrete… it's not that difficult. I like the idea and think that the product is beautiful.

  • designgurunyc

    Again. Dutch (at least the Eindhoven wing) design stuck in a rut. Its trying too hard, its not new , it doesnt look nice to use, and its ugly. Please stop trying to cash in on the fine art market!!! It really is harder to design something beautiful and functional, and it is these factors that will make a piece enduring and a design classic.

  • BRian

    We all know how they were made…

    Congrats on the effort.


  • kclomo

    When Jeff Koons goes industrial.

  • These are cool concrete architecture, I want to have one of these in my garden.

  • The concrete furntures look really nice.

    Hey people what's wrong with you. I went throgh all the comments, and read comments like " this has been done before. why not inflatable…"

    Are you designers yourself?! This is no attutude, I really want to see YOUR work, that is super innivative and has never been done before. You can always say something has been done before the one way or another!
    With this philosophy you make it impossible for yourself and other people to create stuff.
    You are unwashed Hippies!

  • really nice details there and the project as a whole is cool.