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We’ve written about Concrete Canvas before, but I thought this was an interesting application. This stuff is pretty much exactly what it sounds like—a fabric impregnated with cement (though I doubt the cloth is actually canvas).

Here designer Florian Schmid has wrapped the dry material around a demountable wooden form, sewn it at the edges with what looks like Paracord, applied water, and then removed the form after the cement has set. His website, linked below, shows off a chair, a bench, and three different stools made with the same method. Concrete Canvas is manufactured in the UK, and it looks like they are willing to supply small “man-portable” quantities.

Florian Schmid – Stitching Concrete

Instant shelter: Just add water!

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • miroslava von schlochbaum

    cool thing, proprietary secrets, “a fabric impregnated with cement (though I doubt the cloth is actually canvas)” …’dog whistle’ received and understood! it falls to us, the busy curious maker hoard, to recreate these results and publish our failures on our journey to glory (and resilient outdoor furniture).

  • Mary Beth Duncan Brahm

    This looks like caveman furniture. No likey.

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  • Charles Barnard

    canvas is a weave….

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