We see waterfalls and ships at sea, cities and factories, all dynamic and slightly dangerous yet somehow limitlessly beautiful. Dreamlike, not nightmarish. Stories full of drama and feeling. Perhaps his one-time studio, an old mill in the French Vexin, has given him inspiration for some of these.
If a poured concrete kitchen seems like a bit too much of an undertaking, don’t be despondent. Instead, you can mimic the look by coating your furniture in a thin layer of concrete, as seen in this design by Leicht for Connaught Kitchens. The finish is applied using a spatula and then protected with a matt satin lacquer. ‘Manhattan’ kitchen by Leicht, from £35,000, Connaught Kitchens (connaughtkitchens.co.uk)
Betonvorhang, a concrete curtain by design company Memux (above), is one of 676 industrial products awarded in the Red Dot Awards 2008, which have just been announced. The list of winners is huge, so best you visit the Red Dot website for more info as our heads are hurting just looking at it all.
Juan Restrepo has taken two of the most commonly used kitchen tools and given them a sleek makeover with variations in high-end materials like black ebony and light hardwood to compliment your designer kitchen style.