Industrial design graduate Florian Schmid made these stools by folding fabric that’s impregnated with cement then drenching it in water.
The material combines the warm softness of the cloth and the stability of the cold concrete, but the finished surface keeps the soft appearance. The project plays with the visual impression that cloth cannot have the strength to sit on. After the first tests on how to handle the material, Schmid tried different approaches to the stool, experimenting with patterns, stitchings, and different kinds of origami. For the final mock-ups thin foam rubber simulated the abilities of the real material. Consisting of cement layered between fabric and a PVC backing, the Stitching Concrete stools are extremely durable, UV, chemical and water-resistant, fireproof, and suitable for indoor and outdoor use.