Alessia Giardino designs tableware made from dyed concrete
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Alessia Giardino designs tableware collection made from dyed concrete

Dutch Design Week 2014: Central Saint Martins graduate Alessia Giardino has used a variety of techniques to mix pigment into these concrete tableware pieces to form different colourful patterns (+ slideshow).

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

Concrete Tableware is a series of flat modular forms designed as chopping boards, trivets and centrepieces for the table, or simply as artwork.

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

"The idea came from concrete tiles," Giardino told Dezeen. "Just by making them in different shapes, they become modular. It's still a tile, but you can also make visual landscape backgrounds for the food."

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

The concrete mixture includes added polymers, and is formed into shapes including circles with various diameters and a range of asymmetric polygons.

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

The pigment is added while the concrete is wet to achieve different visual effects – watercolour paintings, streaked marble or brush strokes that appear to be painted across the surfaces – once the material sets.

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

"I use various techniques for mixing the pigment with concrete," said the designer. "Sometimes it looks more like watercolour, sometimes a marble effect."

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

A sealing agent is used to make the plates waterproof and heat resistant, as well as prevent the pigments from rubbing off and making them safe to prepare food on.

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

"The idea of using colour comes from our relationship with food - it's about transferring the sensorial feelings from the food to the tableware," said Giardino.

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

Concrete Tableware was originally designed for Concrete in Design, a competition for young designers run by Italian design brand Alessi and concrete producer Italcementi.

Concrete Tableware by Alessia Giardino

Alessia Giardino recently completed a Masters in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins and presented the Concrete Tableware project during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last month.