When striving through Berlin every once in a while the cityscape is slightly disrupted by gigantic concrete monsters. Buildings stored under the name of brutalism. „What characterises the Brutalism…is precisely its brutality , it’s je-m’en-foutisme, its bloody-mindedness.“ Says Reyner Banham around 1955 describing the phenomenon which is drawing our attention to the fullest. Regarding to his quote these buildings, who partly define the cities vibe, were always different than others. Along with their unique formal language and composition of volumes comes a certain imperfection, a topic which is quite en vogue when speaking about interior aesthetics these days.
Taking a closer look at the composition of this different way of creating architecture we stumbled upon a very distinctively characterizing and mesmerizing building material called exposed aggregate concrete. By simply washing out a thin layer of concrete after taking off the mould of building parts the exposed material shows the gravel, which is holding the concrete together. The artificially generated result can be adjusted by changing the concretes recipe.
We deep dived into this topic and created our very own personal formula to get to our perception of aesthetic interpretation. Inspired by the formal language of Berlin’s brutalist architecture and driven by our studio’s aesthetics we developed a series of seven interior objects. They demonstrate simplicity in form with a strong focus on material and a unique interpretation of proportion and material composition. Exposed aggregate concrete is put in context with carefully brushed and waxed aluminum as they create a unit. Some pieces celebrate the material as they simply consist either of pure metal translated into a soothing formal language or paying an homage to nature when giving bigger gravel pieces a stage as a ceiling hanging object. The Waschbeton series is our attempt to give a nearly forgotten and repelled material a new renaissance. It is our answer to paying tribute to the city we live and love.