LaFarge

Amazing Lines. Omer Arbel’s Concrete Chair.

I have this weird thing. I really love things that are made out of concrete, and I don’t mean building foundations and side walks. I am talking furniture, and sinks, and house hold items. There is something about the material when it is used in this fashion that is appealing to me.

Most people know the name Omer Arbel, from his recent work as the designer of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games medals, but beyond that Arbel has designed a number of pieces of furniture, including the 8.0 chair.

8.0 was a finalist in the 2006 Blueprint best newcomer category and I can see why. The chair is made from a single piece of concrete and despite the delicate appearance it is extremely strong and very stable. Clean simple lines with a color graphic treatment just make this chair, and the fact that it is made of concrete is just an added touch.

The chair was developed in association with international concrete manufacturer LaFarge, and is produced using a new high strength concrete called “Ductal”. This new concrete material is stronger than any other concrete produced in history. Its primary use is in infrastructural uses like bridge building. According to Arbel, ” The intent of this piece was to explore the phenomenal properties of this material on the scale of a piece of furniture. The tremendous strength allows this chair to have a shockingly this profile, and a tenuous looking cantilever seat.”

This look of this chair is so nice I could see it being used in both indoor and outdoor settings.