Formfreunde Concrete Desk Set Casts a Solid Presence

Formfreunde Concrete Desk Set Casts a Solid Presence

Gregory Han
Apr 14, 2011

We'd guess the architects of the Brutalist movement, with their unfettered affinity for that most affordable of building materials, concrete, would love this desk set from Etsy sellers, Formfreunde. Consisting of a bowl, a paperweight, a pencil tray, a pencil cup, a small bowl, a letter holder and an ashtray, this seven piece set fits all together perfectly and would help to keep an orderly desktop an architect could appreciate...

Each of the Formfreunde Concrete Desk Se can be purchased individually, each piece ranging from $15 to $22. Not really our personal style, but we could imagine it looking great with something like...this?

Yes, that's a genuine concrete desk and file cabinet with shelves designed to mimic a suspension bridge (the polished top really does it for us):

The desk has a cast, lightly reinforced 4-inch-thick concrete top supported by L-shaped concrete brackets. "To add a bit more interest," said Kudrick, "we made ¾-inch thick GFRC (glass fiber reinforced concrete) faces for the drawers and made custom pewter brackets for the drawer pulls." The concrete for the drawer faces was mixed with an integral gray color and the countertops, both for the desktop and the countertop on the filing cabinets, were mixed with black. "We added whiting on the desktop and filing cabinet top to get a smoke effect within the black," he said.

But once you've got the desk and desk set, of course your obsession with concrete isn't going to end. You're going to need a concrete clock, concrete cast speakers and also a concrete chair to work from (just remember to add a pillow)!

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