This online store is full of well designed and functional homeware and clearly a fan of concrete, with gorgeous furniture and lighting.
‘Pelican Story is home to globally sourced productsthat combine beauty and functionality to any room. Traditional and modern methods used across many design disciplines, all underpinned by care and craftsmanship’
Explore brands including Leyton Beton, Ommo, Frama and Aaron Probyn and fall in love with their products.
Whether you love brutalism, are interested in architecture, love the Barbican or just love history of buildings then book in for one of the exciting and informative tours of the Barbican area and architecture.
Follow our Barbican guide on a 90-minute walking tour as you explore the Barbican and discover the fascinating history behind the building of the Centre and the surrounding estate.
How much concrete was used? Why is it called ‘Barbican’? Why is the lake so green…?
Walking along the Barbican highwalks, you’ll learn more about the construction, design and influence of the estate, along with surprising and rarely seen sights and discoveries plus little known insights into this unique architectural endeavour.
From concrete styles to architectural motifs and insightful facts, our Architecture tour will leave you thinking and looking at the Barbican from a fresh perspective…
Architecture Tours are available throughout the year. If you are planning your visit beyond the dates available online, please contact our Box Office on 0207 638 8891 for further information on future tours.
A little overwhelmed by the beautiful design of the ‘Luna‘ light by J By Jasper Conran, available from Debenhams.
It’s midcentury style, concrete and metallic – a perfect addition to the modern midcentury Home.
This floor lamp from The Collection is a great option for lighting up modern desk and bedside spaces. Offering a minimalist mid-century-inspired design with a hint of contemporary charm, its gold accented style features a brass finish and a marbled base with an additional table feature on the metal frame.
One of our favourite diy sites, Brit + Co, has another amazing project to try. With concrete being so stylish and on trend, we absolutely love this straight forward tutorial to make cool, concrete lighting. Perfect for an industrial or minimalist interior, these shades follow a reasonably easy process to make, with equipment and materials all available at your local high street hardware store.
As we have said in the past we are certainly partial to a bit of concrete and brutalism in our homes. What is great to see, is that this material is accessible to all with more stores introducting home accessories and furniture using concrete.
Last year and a large part of this year we have seen concrete sit alongside metalics, like copper, brass and gold. Now we are seeing a more sedated, subtle use of concrete mixed with glass and wood.
Of course the metal additions are still there, but more toned down, likely in brushed brass and black finishes.
The great thing about concrete is that it comes in all shapes and sizes, and works in all rooms. Vases and table tops in the living room, pendant lights in the bedroom, utensil pots in the kitchen or stationary storage in an office. The options are endless.
Concrete lends itself really well to industrial, Scandinavian and monochrome interiors, but it can also make a statement in other settings. A concrete lamp base or table top, can be dressed up with colour and print to suit.
The real winner for using concrete in your home is to blend it with neutral tones and mixed textures. There are no rules so have a go at introducing this material into a room and we garauntee you will go back for more.
With only 4 weeks to go till Christmas there is not much time to get your home decorated, presents bought and food prepared. We have found this really easy make using a concrete mix, card made into a cone and some paint.
These Christmas trees give a minimal look to a shelf or table. Choose the size and colour to create the perfect decoration for you.
Love the Ricky concrete rectangle planter from Danielle Rubino. Available in three colours and ideal as a planter but also makes good storage for other items.
The premise of starting my business was to create small pieces of artwork, which are accessible to anyone. Throughout art school I worked with concrete . I have always been drawn to the material because of its high compressive strength, durability and industrial aesthetics. I wanted to project the idea of stability and support. I believe once you have some form of stability, support and structure this can provide the basis for progression, development and growth.