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Concrete Inspiration and Design

Solus dome water feature fountain

It’s no secret that we’re fans of concrete and it is a fundamental part of what makes our fire and water features so unique, but why Concrete?

 

According to Houzz, 2017 is seeing a push in design to incorporate the use of more sustainable and durable materials in furniture and bathroom and kitchen design. This is filtering its way through to the high street as we can see the introduction of more concrete and other durable and sustainable materials into furniture and home accessories. We’re taking a look at the production of concrete, the key elements that make it such a great material to use in design and in the process picking some of our favorite images that team together metal elements with concrete just as we do in our own designs.

 

 

Solus Water Dome combining elements of concrete and brass

 

Why Concrete

 

  • Concrete is one of the most ubiquitous construction materials on the planet, it is incredibly durable and versatile.
  • Concrete is composed of materials that are readily available and often local.
  • The production of concrete is a relatively simple process.

 

Concrete flooring with brass border detail via www.myfriendshouse.co.uk

 

 

The production of concrete:

Concrete is formed when hydraulic cement reacts cHemically with water and binds with a blend of aggregates. This reaction, called hydration, causes the concrete mixture to harden and continues if there is free moisture to react with the cement.

 

This hydration stage is called “curing”. Curing can continue on a minuscule level for months, even years, but most concrete markedly cures in 28 days. During this time, concrete gains the bulk of its strength and loses most of its moisture content to the cHemical reaction and to evaporation.

 

For aesthetic concrete used for home and garden design, the initial 28-day cure is of great importance as this is when the concrete will undergo a change in appearance – from a darker, wet-looking surface to a lighter, dry one.

 

Concrete bathroom design with elements of mirror and polished chrome via www.dovcorbathrooms.co.uk

 

This is also the time when the concrete’s true color, with all its nuances, reveals itself. Concrete cured for at least 28 days is not only stronger than younger or “greener” concrete, but it is more aesthetically stable.

 

It is worth keeping in mind that proper cure time is essential to the creation of a quality hand cast concrete product. Patience is part of the recipe for a lifetime of function and enjoyment from any concrete feature whether used indoors or outdoors.

 

Bespoke concrete kitchen via www.molitili-interier.nl

The hard-wearing nature and aesthetically pleasing elements of concrete is precisely the reason we continue to see concrete used as a key element in today’s interiors; kitchens, bathrooms, staircases, flooring, lighting, and accessories.

 

 

Combining the elements of concrete and brass in bathroom design via www.madaboutthehouse.com

The nature of concrete means it is ideal for the modern home due to its durability and longevity, fitting perfectly with the current desire to incorporate more sustainable and environmentally conscious thinking in design. This current trend is synonymous with the Solus design philosophy; to design and produce beautiful, long lasting designs that run counter to a culture that has been obsessed with trends and disposable products.

 

 

To find our more about our beautifully crafted concrete products get in touch.

 

 

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Concrete water features new at Solus



Querini Stamppalia Foundation,Venice.
By Carlo Scarpa.
Photo Jean-Pierre Dalbera.

IBM Plaza
IBM Plaza, Honolulu.
By SurfacedesignInc.


Court of Lions, The Alhambra, Granada.
Photo by Carlos Jiménez Ruiz.
contemporary water feature
‘Dome’ in Halva & stainless steel.

contemporary water fountain‘Scupper w Basin” in Halva & Stainless

1/twelfth.  a new solus monthly
 
 
A few changes.
Solus has been creating concrete objects for the past 19 years. That’s a long time. In an effort to keep things fresh, we’ve decided to change things up a bit. This revamped newsletter/blog is just one
of many exciting things we will be trying in 2016, including a new website and some new products. So, please subscribe and share! 🙂

1/twelfth will be an exploration of things that interest us in the world of design and the built environment. Our bias is towards concrete, but we will also explore designers and makers of cool things around Vancouver, in BC & Canada, and the rest of the world too. So, on to our 1st post!


Water. Reflective, mercurial, living.
Concrete. Sculptural, solid.

Projects that incorporate water create tranquil and engaging spaces. The Alhambra in Spain, Carlo Scarpa’s geological constructions and the IBM Honolulu Plaza are all examples of how water can be used in architecture and landscape as a formal and functional element. Water beguiles us with its mercurial nature and sound. Water is fundamental and this is why we have started to design and make water features.

Our water bowls will alter the feeling and working of spaces by adding a visual focal point, reflecting light and adding sound. They can be a beautiful and functional part of a drainage, pond or pool system. And if you don’t have a larger set up such as this, we have self contained models too.

Self Contained water features allow you to incorporate the experience of water into a setting which does not have an existing water source.
Once you assemble your water feature and add the required amount of water you simply plug it in and enjoy it. This type of configuration holds and circulates all of its own water and only requires a standard electrical connection for the internal pump. Minimal maintenance is required to keep the bowl clear and the water level steady.

We offer 2 different self contained designs in 26”, 36” & 48” sizes, each has a unique nature. The ‘Scupper with basin’ creates a continuous curtain of water flowing from a wide metal spout and The ‘Dome’ highlights the rippling movement of water across a reflective surface.

In our next installment we will look at a few more examples of watercourse projects and some of our solutions for landscape integrated water features.
solus decor
contemporary fountain‘Scupper with Basin’ in Halva & stainless steel.