Trendwatch: Concrete Interiors

I’ve been living in an apartment with concrete ceilings for almost a year now. Never before have I felt so at home – all I can tell is that concrete is anything but cold. And I’ve spotted more and more concrete interiors recently, all jumping on the concrete bandwagon.

Combining concrete with organic materials and soft and natural colours does the trick. Concrete and wood for example is basically a perfect contemporary combination – one clean and cool, the other one warm and inviting. Carpets, curtains and pastel colours – everything that makes a room cosy – create a great counterpart to concrete as the following examples will show.

Berlin based architect Ester Bruzkus combines pastel colours with the concrete floors and ceilings of her own apartment. Who’d have thought concrete could look so feminine?

Dutch architects Eklund Terbeek have transformed a 1912 former school building into six co-op apartments with the original concrete ceilings left exposed. Instead of appearing cool, they give the room support, like a protective roof from above.

Right now Copenhagen based Studio X Viaduct is probably the coolest store in town with the coolest showroom… celebrating concrete all the way.

&tradition’s new lookbook also features concrete. Again, we see lots of wood, natural colours and materials like velvet which create exciting contrasts.