Keith Crewe makes inspired custom pieces with concrete

April 20, 2015
The flexibility of a fluid medium offers "enormous possibilities for creativity," says carpenter and furniture creator Keith Crewe.

Keith Crewe is passionate about concrete and he has lots to tell. “Concrete starts out as a fluid medium,” remarks Crewe, “which offers enormous possibilities for creativity.” The flexibility is what feeds Crewe and allows his imagination to take flight. Crewe is a carpenter by trade, but once he realized what could be achieved with concrete, it opened up a whole new world of design options for him. So he now produces stunning concrete countertops, but also concrete table tops, wall panels, beams and more. He mixes his own concrete, varying the recipes according to the unique requirements of each project. The concrete can be coloured; white, black, earth tones and grey are popular choices. To further personalize each design, inlays of copper, brass, glass, fossils, whatever you choose can be layered into the mix. Moulds are built according to individual specs, offering a seamless surface for counters and sinks that can include a built-in drain board and soap dish. There’s similar flexibility with edge design: round, flat and beveled.

Style choice ranges from the sleek white or grey slabs, which have a cool contemporary feel, to pieces created with striations of colour and texture that continue to develop a weathered patina over time.

For the stunning living room shown here, custom concrete wall panels were built along the fireplace wall using vertical moulds so that Crewe could apply striated veins of colour that run through the slabs like veining in marble. A rugged thick wood plank sits on a smooth concrete base, positioned as a footrest or table or both. Wood and concrete make a natural pairing, contrasting warm and cool shades with the feeling of hard and soft surfaces.

Crewe teaches his craft as well as working on consignments. But it’s not work; for Crewe it’s fun, it’s play, it’s always evolving. Check him out:

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