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LEGO Concrete Casting

LEGO Concrete Casting

LEGO bricks are great for building all kinds of things, but did you know you could use them as a mold for casting concrete? Neither did we. HomeMadeModern shows us a couple of techniques – one in which the blocks are used as a direct mold, and the other where the bricks are covered in silicone, which becomes the mold.

Making a Concrete Guitar

Making a Concrete Guitar

Woodworker Adam Zawalich crafted a truly unique electric guitar using concrete and anchoring cement. He started with a burled walnut body which he used to create a silicone mold, and then cast the concrete for the heavyweight guitar. He got a two-for-one deal by using the wood to make a second guitar.

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DIY Concrete Chair

DIY Concrete Chair

Most furniture is made primarily from wood or metal, but HomeMadeModern’s funky, angular chair is crafted from steel-reinforced concrete. He made the chair’s mold using strips of melamine, hot-glued, and sealed with silicone caulk. By filling the inner core with foam insulation, he was able to dramatically reduce its weight.

Camper Van Planters

Camper Van Planters

We’re suckers for just about anything in the shape of VW’s iconic Type 2 vans from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Cedar and Stone Garden’s 5″ x 3″ concrete microbus planters are perfect for growing all your indoor succulent hippie plants. They’re available numerous colors, including tie dye.

DIY Concrete and LEGO Table

DIY Concrete and LEGO Table

Maker Chris Salomone loved the idea of river and ocean tables. But he was sick of seeing the same materials – glass and wood – used over and over again. So he made a river table that uses concrete as the land and LEGO pieces as the river.

Making a Concrete Ping Pong Table

Making a Concrete Ping Pong Table

We’re not sure if the surface of a ping pong table made from concrete and rebar is ideal for gameplay, but Modustrial Maker’s heavy duty outdoor table build still looks amazing, especially with its LED under-lighting and light-up net, and set against the desert sunset.

Concrete Square Bookends

Concrete Square Bookends

There are lots of kinds of bookends out there, but we rather appreciate the minimalism of roughfusion’s concrete cubes. These 3″ blocks are heavy enough to hold paperbacks upright, and will look great sitting on any bookshelf. Available in grey, natural, or charcoal.

Nino Garden Gnome

Nino Garden Gnome

Looking for a fun and modern accent for your garden or front porch? Skip the traditional garden gnome, and go with Plato Design’s Nino. This 13″ tall gnome features a brutalist, low-poly design cast into hand-worked cement. Also available in a mini 6.5″ version.

Lyon Beton Concrete Vases

Lyon Beton Concrete Vases

Lyon Béton’s Urban Garden collection consists of two vases inspired by city dwelling. The water pipe vase holds a single stem while the nuclear cooling tower can hold a house plant. Both are made of fiberglass-reinforced concrete and come in different sizes.

DIY Curved Concrete Bench

DIY Curved Concrete Bench

Modustrial Maker teamed up with Chris Salomone (of LEGO river table fame) to create an impossibly thin modern bench from glass fiber reinforced concrete. It looks like it was a ton of work, and you’ll have to watch the video to see if the finished bench holds weight.

Moon Coasters

Moon Coasters

These substantial coasters are one small step for a drink, one giant step for drink-kind. Each concrete coaster is hand textured and pigmented, creating a unique lunar surface for your cocktail to land on. Sold as a set of four.

KucoDesign Concrete Lamp

KucoDesign Concrete Lamp

A unique table lamp constructed from cast concrete. It provides a warm source of ambient light while casting cool shadows on your table and wall thanks to its numerous perforations. Takes a standard 40-watt E27 bulb, and measures 8.25″ high by 4.3″ across.

Mini Concrete Homes

Mini Concrete Homes

Mumbai-based MaterialImmaterial makes these awesome little cast concrete sculptures which resemble tiny, squared-off buildings. They’re available individually, or sold in a set of nine with a wooden display base.

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Concrete Pourover Coffee Maker

Concrete Pourover Coffee Maker

Ideal for coffee purists, SmartConcrete’s wonderfully deconstructed coffee maker is made from copper tube with a concrete base. Insert the glass funnel, add your filter, and start slowly pouring. A cork base keeps glassware from sliding. Handmade in Germany.

Concrete Modular Storage

Concrete Modular Storage

Designer Bertrand Jayr’s interlocking cubbyhole shelving system is constructed from cast concrete, letting you build structures that aren’t just industrial in looks, but are structurally impressive. Each piece is sold separately, so complex builds can get expensive quickly.

Cinder Block Building Blocks

Cinder Block Building Blocks

We’ve got some tiny cinder block fridge magnets in The Awesomer Shop, but you can build structures with these 1/12th scale blocks made from actual cement. Sold in sets of 10, 24 or 50 bricks – or cracked for dilapidated scenes.

Concrete Speakers

Concrete Speakers

These unique speakers have enclosures made from glass-fiber reinforced concrete. Each one has a titanium cone full-range speaker, and can handle 50w max. We’re not sure of the acoustic properties of concrete, but they sure look good.

Concrete Wrist Watch

Concrete Wrist Watch

Inspired by their concrete wall clock, 22 Design Studio is now producing a wristwatch with a high-density concrete face. Its dimensional, stepped face is set into a stainless steel case with a sapphire glass lens and set onto a leather strap.

Concrete Wine Bunkers

Concrete Wine Bunkers

Decor Atelier’s stackable wine cubbies not only look cool, they keep your bottles cool thanks to the thermal properties of concrete. NYC locals can avoid the hefty shipping costs with local pickup.

Cinder Block Magnets

Cinder Block Magnets

These tiny cinder block magnets are actually made from real cement, but have strong enough magnets on them to hold them to your fridge. Also perfect for simulating mob hits with your action figures.

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Concrete Building Blocks

Concrete Building Blocks

We’re enjoying the looks of these fun little bricks from Tara Ketchum, hand-cast to resemble standard 2″x4″ LEGO building blocks. They’d make great gifts for architects, builders, or any LEGO fan.

Concrete Espresso Machine

Concrete Espresso Machine

Espresso Solo is a concrete-encased Lavazza espresso maker from Israeli design student Schmuel Linski. Coffee beans are poured into the top part; water is poured into the drawer in back.

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