Kitchen Countertops Part IV – Concrete & Stainless Steel | Finale in a series of introductions t
In the concluding chapter of our series, we will look at two underrated countertops that ought to be more popular than they currently are in Singaporean homes – Concrete and Stainless Steel.
Concrete as a design element for home décor (think candle holders and planters) has been trending for several years. The material itself of course has a much longer history of being used in the construction of buildings and large structures. Used extensively by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, famous for his emphasis on the beauty of simplicity and physical experience, concrete’s raw quality exemplifies a sense of tranquillity and character that is in line with his intent for people to easily experience the spirit and beauty of nature through architecture.
When Lamitak launched its concrete inspired laminates five years ago, they named the two variations Tadao and Ando.
Concrete “Tea & Coffee” Cup Planter via Mothology
Cement Architectural Plant Cube Planter Via Mothology
Functional Concrete Cloud Via Gessato Designed by Frenchman Betrand Jayr and manufactured by Lyon Béton
Concrete, or cement screed, is relatively popular amongst homeowners and commercial proprietors who favour raw industrial designs. Concrete kitchen countertop, however, is not commonly used in Singapore. Concrete is extremely versatile and can take on many different colours, shadings, patterns, and sheens to suit most kitchen styles. It creates not just modern edge, but natural warmth. For added personalisation, decorative glass, stones, seashells etc. can be embedded. Concrete countertops can be poured in place or fabricated off-site and installed later.
Decorative inlay by Sunset
Concrete, similar to other natural materials like granite, marble and wood, are naturally porous and require professional sealing prior to installation. They would also require re-sealing and waxing, but the frequency of this depends on the sealer used and your preference for the level of shine.
Martin Steininger developed the Concrete Kitchen for his Vienna-based company, Steininger Designers, sharing another way that concrete can be used in his innovative concrete kitchen space. The Steininger kitchen showcases this hygienic, heat resistant material with kryptonite-inspired strength in a brand new light.