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We end this week with a little pinspiration on concrete in the home.

Whether it is your main feature, or a finishing touch, concrete is a strong, long-lasting material that is truly adaptable to your needs and style taste. It can create a very minimal environment when combined with white but, if this isn’t your cup of tea,  add touches of wood, colour or plant life to ‘warm’ the environment and create a more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

Have a little time this weekend? Click through to Hermit Homewares Pinterest board for some great concrete DIY projects!

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House in the catalan village of Sant Isicle Spain.

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Best Of Bentu

Bentu Design is a Chinese design studio that creates a stunning range of lighting and furniture using concrete. Below are my two favourite pieces from their range.

The pendant lights are a gorgeous combination of bamboo and concrete which have been moulded into a sleek minimal light fixture. They look simply amazing clustered together and I want to own these right this second!

The second piece is the most unusual planter I’ve ever seen. The plant emerges from the shattered concrete top like  a symbol of nature taking over the man-made environment. A perfect gift for the urban greenie!

Unfortunately I’m not sure if anyone stocks Bentu Design in Australia at this stage, but keep an eye out because since exhibiting in Salone Satellite 2013, I believe these unique pieces will start popping up all over the world.

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The Hermitage – The Prahran Hotel, Melbourne

The re-launch of this Melbourne Pub could not have fit better with this weeks concrete theme!

Meet The Prahran Hotel, a quaint 1940’s pub in Melbourne, which has just been given a really interesting and unique extension courtesy of Techne Architects and The Sand Hill Road Hospitality Group.

The front section of the pub retains its historic charm with the original facade, but the new 3 storey extension of the back section is certainly attention grabbing! Techne Architects have used 1/2 concrete water pipes to construct the wall, which also doubles as the windows and seating area for the new area of the pub. Inside, the concrete pipes are clad with slats of spotted gum and fitted with leather booth seats, the combination of these elements helps to create a warm, inviting environment which concrete cannot achieve on its own. The bathrooms are the opposite, a minimalist dream of concrete, white subway tiles and great use of lighting.

Concrete is visible throughout the interior from the feature wall to the pendant lights, but is softened by the inclusion of lush plants which create an urban jungle. Salvaged pipes have been used to create the main bar which helps adds colour, texture and interest, a nice additional element to this industrial style extension. So, is it beer ‘o’ clock yet?

The Hermitage – The Prahran Hotel, Melbourne

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Solid Foundations

Johan Forsberg is really pushing the boundaries of concrete as a medium with his company Forsberg Form.

His spectacular range of concrete wares showcase the amazing range of colours, surface texture and forms which concrete can create. With numerous concrete recipes under their belt, and the addition of unique casting methods which they have created, Forsberg Form is a company with a deep love for what they do, how they do it and stretching the possibilities of what can be done. Impressive to say the least!

Most of their pieces are sleek and minimal, really highlighting the beauty in the different surface treatments of the concrete, but they also make a fun range of relief wall sculptures which are styled on comic strips and really quite fun!

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Concrete Creations

With International Fathers Day fast approaching, I thought we should turn things a bit more masculine this week.

Concrete is the perfect fit! With its raw, industrial feel it has the flexibility to become so many different items while maintaining that tough exterior. Rugged and rough or sleek and smooth, this week we showcase some cool creations to suit all tastes.

The one thing they have in common is they are all sturdy and strong, a bit like Dad himself!

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1. Aplomb Pendant Lights by Foscarini

2. Concrete Office Series by FMC Design

3. Materiality Stool by Panoramica

4. 4th Dimension Concrete Clock by Box Car Orange

5. Concrete Shaving Kit by Mjolk

6. Jack Speaker by Anaesthetic Design

Home Geo

And for those of you who really love the geometric trend and are willing to go all out, this pinspiration collection is for you!

Check out these amazing examples of incorporating geometrics into your interior. Whether it be the permanence of tiles or semi-permanence of paint, all of these rooms are a dramatic, yet alluring, example of how cool geo can be.

Would you be brave enough to replicate something like this in your home?

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