The PPC Imaginarium Awards are an opportunity for young creatives to prove two things: how much talent there is on the South African art and design scene, and how versatile the medium of concrete is.
Concrete is not just a practical material used for general industrial purposes. In fact, it can easily lend itself to a particular aesthetic, while still retaining that practicality.
Case in point? Lighting. Concrete, in light fitting form, can easily feature as part of any rustic or modern interior, as proven by Wolkberg Casting Studios, whose team consists of creatives Reando Potgieter and Graeme Bramely.
Working with a concrete composite that they term Limesite, Potgieter and Bramely produce surfaces, as well as furniture and decorative pieces. One of their creations is the Lime Light, a prism-shaped quadrilateral desk or bedside lamp fitted with warm, glare-free LED lights.
The Lime Light is a minimal cubist-inspired piece designed in a variety of textures. Not only does its picture frame-like appearance make it compact and visually appealing, but its smooth, non-porous and stain-proof aspects mean it’s a versatile product.
Concrete light fittings have cropped up in the repertoires of other notable creatives. In 2008, British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert (also the founder of creative agency LAYER) created Heavy Light, a range of grey, white and brown concrete pendant and wall lights, for the contemporary lighting brand Decode. Five years later, Hubert expanded this range, including within it a tall pendant light. The new range was unveiled at the 2013 London Design Festival. Since then, a host of other concrete lights have come to, er, light.
Creatives such as Potgieter and Bramely are carrying on the trend, proving to us that concrete can be pretty as well as practical.
Photography: Dook; Wolkberg Casting Studio