Scottish design firm Four Eight Eight specializes in concrete, even though its Concrete Sofa might not look like it. Taking on the uncanny appearance of a standard, leather-upholstered couch, the Concrete Sofa is actually made of molded concrete -- which consumers will be able to feel once they take a seat.
Four Eight Eight was able to create the impeccably realistic looking concrete seat by using a leather couch as a model. The firm took a leather couch and turned it into a plaster mold, then set the concrete within that frame. As such, the concrete takes on all the subtleties of leather, right down to the finely rippled texture.
Because of the density of the concrete, Concrete Sofa can be left outside all year round with very little need for maintenance -- a quality that no leather sofa can brag of.
Four Eight Eight's Concrete Sofa Perfectly Mimics Leather Upholstery
1. Concrete Furniture - The trend of using concrete to create home furniture can offer new design possibilities, durability and practicality.
2. Imitation Innovation - The trend of mimicking a traditional material with a more practical one through deceptive visuals will lead to a shift in consumer perceptions and product design.
3. Functional Home Decor - The trend of merging decorative and functional elements in home decor will continue to rise, inspiring creative designs with unconventional materials.
1. Furniture Manufacturing - Furniture manufacturers can use this trend to innovate, creating more durable, weather-resistant and creative products for their customers.
2. Interior Design - Interior designers can incorporate concrete furniture in their projects, presenting clients with designs that are both visually stunning and practical in terms of low maintenance and longevity.
3. Construction Materials - This trend can inspire new product development in the construction industry, encouraging manufacturers to create more versatile and functional materials that can mimic traditional ones, such as concrete that looks like leather or wood.