Pretoria-based design studio 20Eight Design is renowned for its innovative handling of concrete. Founded by Handre de la Rey and Inge de Beer – both of whom have an architectural background – the studio focuses on functionalism, idealism and passion.
‘We have always been interested in the way things are made, the art behind the objects,’ they say. ‘Materiality and texture are critical in our designs, as we are driven by the visual and tactile as a complete experience.’ Because of their background in building, concrete is the dominating material in their work, which includes everything from Scandinavian-style pendant lights to monumental washbasins.
After they were selected to show their work at Design Indaba 2015, curator Cathy O’Clery chose their washbasin and bird-feeder to feature in the 100 Beautiful Things exhibition at 100% Design South Africa 2015. Now, they’re back and are this time they’re pushing the boundaries of what can be done with concrete with their Match concept. After five years of research, 20EightDesign promises to colour-match its concrete mix to any Pantone or RGB swatch supplied by clients. This means that any one of its standard products can be made completely unique and perfectly suited to any space. How neat is that?
To celebrate this groundbreaking work, 20EightDesign is giving away three Station lamps worth R8 100 to one lucky reader. And in the colour(s) of your choosing, of course! To stand a chance to win, simply fill out the form below. Check out their Instagram for more innovative design.
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