Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele


Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

De Hogeschool West-Vaanderen graduate Janwillem Van Maele cast this concrete side table inside a suspended fabric mould.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

Called Mas IIII, the table was created by stitching the fabric into a net and stapling it to a circular board.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

This was hung upside-down and filled with cement and gravel, then weighted with sand.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

Van Maele then drenched the assemblage in water and left the concrete to harden.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

The resulting shape was sanded back before cork feet were added.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

Here are some more details from Van Maele:

My product is called “MASS llll”, my final product in school. The project was supervised by instructor Alain Monnens from Idam.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

The MASS |||| is a concrete sidetable with the following production process:

I started with a DWG file for the right shape of the legs. That file can be entered in an industrial embroidery machine. This is automatically sewn.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

The reinforcement is pushed into the mold.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

Then I staple the fabric on a wooden plate. This plate maintains over the whole production, so every table would have the same diameter. The plate is the mould for the table top. You can see the stitches are seamless.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

I hung the fabric upside down, a kind of Gaudi’s method. I filled the mould with a dry mix of cement and gravel.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

The sand I poured on ensures that the print of the fabric is also on the bottom of the table.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

I drench the mould with water to activate the chemical reaction.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele

After the concrete has solidified in the mold, I took the fabric of it and sawn the legs . For finishing I putted three cork-naps on it, And sanded the edges.

Mass IIII by Janwillem Van Maele


Color Pigment, Staple, Iron Reinforcement, Mixer, Staples, Yarn, Tape, Water
Industrial embroidery machine, 15-layer crosswise glued birch veneer, shuttering plate
Portland cement, Computer, Textile, White sand, Cork

See also:


Grompies FattyShell (v.01) Concrete Chair by Tejo Remy
& René Veenhuizen

Posted on Wednesday September 1st 2010 at 5:02 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • I like the texture, but more for the function of where it comes from. That's so cool that he can activate the material directly through the mold itself.

  • ste

    beautiful process… annoying form… i would like to see the next generation of this idea with more refined shape!

  • fish fingers

    Annoying form? hmm may I suggest not to visit Eindhoven design week, you`d hate it

  • q&m team

    Jamell, the king of concrete! ;-)

  • Ell

    Mark West "has taught architecture at a number of universities throughout North America since 1981, while working as an artist, inventor, and independent researcher. His inventions of flexible formworks for reinforced concrete construction have been central to establishing this as a new field of architectural and construction research. He is the Founding Director of C.A.S.T., the Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology, at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg MB)…"

  • mulia

    So creative! but how keep the texture stay clean from dirt ?

  • jack

    Great process and all explained without the use of terms such as, "Social narrative…" or "Exploring the dialogue between two apposing materials…"

  • amy

    Mulia you can laquer concrete to "seal" it, available from most DIY stores. Although concrete surfaces are pretty robust so can handle a good wipe down. You can always paint it if it gets grubby too, or add concrete pigment for colour so it's not so pale. I'd probably pefer the typical concrete colour which usually looks better a bit aged and stained.