HATTERN and LAB.CRETE Create Furniture with Strength
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Seoul-based design studios HATTERN and LAB.CRETE teamed up to collaborate, research, and work with two materials that are in contrast to one another – acrylic and concrete.

With an objective of creating a new type of terrazzo, HATTERN focused on transparent materials and color, while LAB.CRETE took on opaque materials and density. The two studios settled on the combination of acrylic and concrete. Acrylic to transmit light and maximize spatiality, and concrete to build up density and opaqueness.

HATTERN and LAB.CRETE added color, pattern, and shape to the concrete that penetrates the acrylic fragments, and acrylic that cut pieces and filled the remaining space with concrete. The two materials become one non-independent material that is completely mixed together. As a result, the furniture series is a graphic body of work that controls color, pattern, and density while satisfying the requirements of both strength and transparency.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.