Klemens Schillinger casts concrete accessories
to resemble "ancient architectural archetypes"


London designer Klemens Schillinger modelled these concrete tabletop accessories on the shapes of ancient Greek and Mayan architecture (+ slideshow).

Tabletop Landmarks by Klemens Schillinger

"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.

Tabletop Landmarks by Klemens Schillinger

"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."

Tabletop Landmarks by Klemens Schillinger

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.

Tabletop Landmarks by Klemens Schillinger

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.

Tabletop Landmarks by Klemens Schillinger

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.

Tabletop Landmarks by Klemens Schillinger

Cast using silicon moulds, the concrete items are coloured with liquid jesmonite pigment to create charcoal or sandstone grey hues.

Tabletop Landmarks by Klemens Schillinger

"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.

  • Rachel

    Get passed the funny coloured candles. Just because its Etsy, doesn’t mean it’s not legit. Saw this guy at a craft show YEARS ago. If only he knew how ahead of the curve he was:


    Oh yeah, and everything is made from old plastic bottles and things.

  • Vicki

    These are beautiful! So simple!

  • GUS

    The collection, yours for only €265 !

    Architecture students, spend half a lunchtime and make a packet ! You’d be a fool not to!

    20 mins laser cutting, 15 mins glueing, 200g concrete. Simple!

    Impractical bowls for all the family, only €65 for little Timmy to get one too!

    Treat your tiny bunch of grapes with the respect it deserves!

    Get them now before stocks inevitably run out as they FLY off the shelves! HOT from the mould, get your lumps, only €265 the set!

  • Concrete lover

    I’d certainly have them about the place. I love them and I’m proud of my fetish for concrete.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I wouldn’t have them if they were free.

  • Dan

    Sorry but aren’t they just not enough for publication? I mean, sure, nicely draped photo arrangements, but still.