"I found it interesting that these monumental buildings are often based on repetitions of basic shapes," said Klemens Schillinger, who designed the pieces in his Tabletop Landmarks collection with stepped sides.
"Each item is designed by a very simple parametric rule: each step is an extruded offset of the footprint of the object," explained Schillinger. "The basic form of the footprint and these simple parameters led to a resemblance of ancient architectural archetypes."
The two different-sized Arena bowls are shaped like a Greek theatre and hippodrome, with rings stepped down from the edges to the centre like tiered seating for spectators.
The bowls can be used as desk tidies or fruit bowls as the concrete has been "sealed to be food safe" using a water-based sealant.
The Pyramid bookends look like miniature versions of Mayan structures found across Central America. The shape is split down the middle to form the pair of supports.
Cast using silicon moulds, the concrete items are coloured with liquid jesmonite pigment to create charcoal or sandstone grey hues.
"The original casting patterns for the items were stacked laser cut sheets, precisely glued together," said Schillinger, who produces the pieces himself. "From these patterns a negative was cast in silicon to act as the casting mould."
Photos are by Leonhard Hilzensauer.
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