Trend We Love: Concrete

Not just for construction sites anymore, designers are using this quotidian material in the most unexpected ways

Clockwise from top left: The kitchen in  Pepa Poch's Catalonia home has a waxed concrete island; JWDA Concrete Lamp by Jonas Wagell: $175, Menu; Concretewall wallpaper by Tom Haga: price upon request, Resource Furniture (212.753.2039); Swedish concrete shaving set by Iris Hantverk: $110, Poketo; Zelda table: $350, Katy Skelton; St. Charles nesting bowls by Volk Furniture: $600 for set of three, Workof: Around the Block clock: $30, CB2; textured concrete notecard: $9, Well Received
Clockwise from top left: The kitchen in  Pepa Poch's Catalonia home has a waxed concrete island; JWDA Concrete Lamp by Jonas Wagell: $175, Menu; Concretewall wallpaper by Tom Haga: price upon request, Resource Furniture (212.753.2039); Swedish concrete shaving set by Iris Hantverk: $110, Poketo; Zelda table: $350, Katy Skelton; St. Charles nesting bowls by Volk Furniture: $600 for set of three, Workof: Around the Block clock: $30, CB2; textured concrete notecard: $9, Well Received

Formerly relegated to use on building projects only, concrete gets an elevated status with designs that spotlight the quotidian material. If you're not ready to put a waxed concrete island in your kitchen, like artist Pepa Poch did, try Tom Haga's Concretewall wallpaper, which mimics the real deal. Or incorporate the utilitarian material into your space in smaller doses—Volk's set of nesting bowls with gold leafing might be the perfect glam-meets-gritty decor accent. 

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