Functional and funky, what's not to like about the cold, grey, hard stuff?
There can hardly be a more controversial architectural movement than Brutalism. But the divisive architecture movement is increasingly back in vogue – and is primary material – concrete – is having an influence on catwalks, in jewellery design, kitchen design, bathrooms and home accessories. Just take a look at Stella McCartney’s new London flagship, or Australian fashion label Kloke’s Melbourne store for more examples of how cemented surfaces are having a moment.
Studio Goss created the minimalist interiors for Australian fashion label Kloke’s Melbourne store
Even restaurants are embracing concrete surfaces and minimal design.
Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred Restaurant 108 mixes industrial aesthetic with 20th-century furniture
The style has also crept into homes – just take a tour around this concrete cottage in Cornwall.
This calm living room nook shows the potential for femininity within a concrete home
Homeware retailers are also jumping on board the trend – bringing out more ranges of concrete surfaces, concrete kitchen and concrete bathroom designs.
Concrete serves as the principal material in Luciano Kruk’s modernist H3 house
Fans of the look unable to get introduce huge slabs of the real thing can still nod to the look through wallpaper…
Concrete classics get the domestic treatment with Murals Wallpaper’s Welbeck Street mural, £36sq m
Pablo Limón’s experimental chair design for PLDO utilises volcanic rock for a raw touch, £420;
The Lander-2 concrete pendant lamp gives a heavy duty edge to indoor lighting – from £155, Brutal Design
Stephan Schulz’s concrete bowls find the perfect balance between industrial and home design – £114 for three, Twentytwentyone.
Artist Jeffrey James creates architectural sculptures from moulded concrete – Variations No.xxv, £1,275
Oscar Francis’ graphic print celebrates the finest example of Brutalist architecture in London – Shapes of Brutalism Camden Town Hall Annexe, £50
… And even plant pots.
Lyon Béton’s Nuclear Plant L flower pot, £157.27, mirrors the harshness of industrial design
Fashion gets a look in too, with MaxMara’s latest runway giving a clear nod to Brutalist style.
Textured grey fabric and a sombre cut echo Brutalist style in this jumpsuit – £675, MaxMara.
And finally, we’re even seeing the style in modern jewellery.
Cement takes on a touch of glamour in Rhiannon Palmer Jewellery’s Base Line necklace, £150
These earrings are hand-cast in concrete and evoke the spiral staircases of Brutalist architecture – Micro earrings No.4, £18, Material Immaterial at Twentytwentyone
Whether you love it or hate it, the 20th century movement and love of cement is clearly here to stay.