October 24, 2011

Ultradense concrete

Concrete is an omnipresent material in architecture and public space. Previous attempts to use it in product design have led to massive, heavy objects which were also limited in their formal design. Creacrete is a concrete-based material that is highly dense and compact and makes thin-walled objects with glossy surfaces possible for the first time. Creacrete explores new sides of concrete with the aim to realize surfaces that are permanently glossy, abrasion- and acid-resistant, food safe, and hydrophobic.

Developed by Alexa Lixfield, Creacrete shows the possible innovative use of concrete as an alternative material for ceramics. The use of concrete shortens the production process compared to that of ceramics because it eliminates the need for two kiln firings—thus reducing energy input and expenses. The simplified production process also allows new freedom in form-making. Just as ceramics need a glaze coating to be resistant to stains, concrete needs adequate treatment to make it stain-resistant and food-safe.

Contact: Alexa Lixfeld Design GmbH, Hamburg, Germany.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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