Ornamental concrete blocks have been around forever. I believe they were in the height of popularity in the 1940’s before falling from their perch, to be looked down upon until today.
In this era of polished concrete, I feel it is time to re-kindle the love of the humble Cinder Block, and celebrate it’s diverse ornamental ability. Used correctly, they can create an elaborate feature wall, especially if you think creatively with colour, and look at them as a design feature rather than a simple building block. They divide space without entirely blocking it off and achieve a sense of privacy when used as a screen.
So how do you feel about them? Would you use decorative cinder blocks for your home?
Olavo Redig de Campos – Casa Walther Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro 1948