The interior world’s love of stone and industrial styling is here to stay. And frankly, we couldn’t be happier. No longer a simple grey building material, concrete is now a celebrated highly flexible design component that will bring instant sophistication and contemporary style to any interior.
One brand who champion concrete and celebrate it in all its grey-ness is Lyon Beton. A French studio who specialise in the design and production of concrete furniture, accessories and arts, and combine creativity, aestheticism and common sense.
We take a look into the brand with a light-hearted approach to the heavy weight material…
A Brief Introduction
Since creating their first designs over seven years ago, the brand has cemented themselves as a leader in concrete furniture. Leading the way, their three designers Bertrand Jayr, Henri Lavallard Boget and Alexandre Dubreuil are as enthusiastic about concrete as designers in the ‘50s were about plastic. They create products ranging from the contemporary and offbeat to the hare-brained.
Today, they’re as committed as ever to thinking outside of the box and pushing their raw materials to the limit and designing products that are as durable as they are contemporary.
The Three Things You Should Know About Concrete
- It’s heavy. Really heavy. But you knew that already.
- It’s sturdy. There’s a reason it’s used for construction. However, it’s not indestructible. It may be called “the hard stuff” but trust us, it wants to be treated like it’s “the soft stuff”.
- It needs a little love. Like all the good things in life, it must be cared for. Treat your concrete masterpiece with the same care you would an antique chair or Scandi console table.
For seven years, the brand has been putting a lot of effort into the unique mix of concrete that has been especially developed for the production of furniture. Whilst they can’t reveal the secret recipe, their concrete much like all concrete, is a blend of water, sand and cement. It’s the quantity of each element that makes their mix so unique. With a pinch of fibreglass also thrown in, their concrete is lighter and more resistant.
You can be sure that when you purchase a Lyon Beton piece you’re getting real concrete. No resin or painted wood. This brand only deals in pure, rough and textured concrete. Just the way we like it. So you’ll also find visible pores and micro-cracks on furniture and accessories, because this is the concrete they love. Imperfectly beautiful.
Bringing concrete into the home has never been easier. And the beauty of that hard stuff is that it mixes so well with other materials, from wood and copper to marble and brass. It can toughen up millennial pinks, bring an industrial feel to a cosy living room and even add a modern touch to bathrooms. The possibilities are endless.
Dip your toe into concrete with a concrete shelf or desk accessory. You’d be surprised at what a difference just one stand out piece can do for your interior. If you feel like you can’t get enough of the stuff, start thinking bigger with larger pieces of furniture such as chairs and tables. To achieve a real designer feel, pair some fluffy cushions, rugs or throws, the contrast in texture will help make the space much more inviting.