Budde explores the RAW MATERIALITY OF Concrete Canvas
Exhibited at Alcova during Milan Design Week 2022, Johannes Budde introduces his new stool collection, RUG’N ROLL, featuring his exploration of an industrial concrete composite, Concrete Canvas®. Pushing the boundaries of innovative materials, RUG’N ROLL’s soft-looking drapery illustrates the physical and aesthetic potential of the material, which creates a fascinating symbiosis with the actual mechanical strength of concrete.
As a unique feature for furniture, RUG’N ROLL is waterproof and fire-resistant. It can perfectly serve as indoor and outdoor furniture with an extraordinary life span. Additionally, BUDDE embraces the unique textile characteristics of Concrete Canvas® to speed up the installation process by ten times and tests the material’s nature with no anticipated results.
RUG’N ROLL concrete stools, rusty red & light beige
all images courtesy of Johannes Budde
RUG’N ROLL stools FEATURE smooth, rug-like texture
‘In its initial state, it is essentially Concrete on a Roll™ which is very flexible and can take any shape,’ Johannes Budde of BUDDE notes. After various trials of trying to bend the material, the most promising technique was to roll the canvas by hand. As a result, the material naturally emerged into an organic shape because of its characteristics reminiscent of flexible rugs, which influenced the name of the project RUG’N ROLL.
To solidify the final shape of the stool, the canvas is watered causing the concrete later inside the fabric to harden within 24 hours. It then becomes highly durable and stable. Vibrant coloring and finishing are applied in a last step creating a smooth fabric texture, which gives character to the stools and elevates the value of Concrete Canvas®.
concrete stools with natural tone denim blue & dark yellow
concrete stools with natural tone
collection of stools colored with natural tone
concrete canvas® during production process
RUG’N ROLL concrete stools outdoor usage
name: RUG’N ROLL concrete stools
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