Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

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Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

Industrial design graduate Florian Schmid made these stools by folding fabric that's impregnated with cement then drenching it in water. 

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

Called Stitching Concrete, the stools are made from a material called Concrete Canvas, which Dezeen featured in 2009.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

It consists of cement layered between fabric and a PVC backing. Once soaked it can be manipulated for a few hours before hardening.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

Schmid folds the Concrete Canvas and stitches the edges together with brightly coloured thread, then supports it on a wooden mould while it's drenched in water and allowed to harden.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

The finished stools retain the soft appearance of folded fabric but are fireproof, waterproof and strong enough to sit on.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

Schmid developed the project while studying at the Hochschule München in Germany.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

Read more about Concrete Canvas, including applications for disaster relief, in our earlier story.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

The following information is from Florian Schmid:


Stitching Concrete

"Stitching Concrete" is inspired by the contrasts of the Material Concrete Canvas.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

Once brought in the final shape, you just have to water the material and within 24 hours it will harden out. It combines the warm softness of the cloth and the stability of the cold concrete.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

The project plays with a visual delusion that actually an 8mm thickness of cloth can not give the strength to sit on.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

After some first test how to handle the material I 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.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

A special build wooden rack used as mould gives hold to the material during the watering and drying process. After the stool is harden out it can be removed.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

The mould is always the same and adjustable to the different heights, lengths and width of the objects.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

The Stools are for indoor and outdoor use, caused by the material's durability against UV, fire proofed, water resistant and more.

Stitching Concrete by Florian Schmid

  • thomas

    other projects with this material. Exposed during the International Biennale of St etienne 2010.

    Formel research, developping new ways to think the material.
    http://www.thomasdellys.fr/objets/37-retro-futur….

  • http://www.michaelschoner.de michael

    NICE ONE!
    good work!
    saw concrete cloth for the first time in real life at the arnhem mode biennale this year and they used steel as a sub-construction. this is much better! the strength of making it baggy thus a shell is also really good.

  • http://www.dailygrail.com Red Pill Junkie

    Very nice idea for outdoor furniture. I would like to see proper chairs with back rests added to the collection.

  • Miss M

    These look quite fun & whimsical. Love the process shots.

  • nits

    Its look great. Really gentle and kind. I think that you lost proportion a bit between the rope and the chair. Some of the prototype looks better.

  • jee

    cool. i'd prefer it with grey thread though

  • carlos

    "Butterfly Eames" have been a little inspiration, nice version!

  • Calligaris

    Discovered some mouth watering concrete items by an Israeli designer called Shmuel Linski. Seems they obviously share a passion for working with raw, rough materials. Brilliant concept using concrete as the main material in unexpected consumer products.