I poured my first mix of concrete in 2016 and it changed the way I see the world completely. It was the material that helped me understand how cyclical and connected the materials that form both our sense of “inside” and “outside” are.
Concrete, which forms our cities from the ground up, begins as aggregate mined from the earth. It needs rock, sand, and water in order to function as an architectural material. It is both natural and unnatural; both organic and inorganic. Wood functions in the same way. What creates everything from lumber to a roll of paper towels exists first as a tree. Wood and concrete surround us every day in different shapes.
Our world is made up of many of the same materials repeating over and over, interacting with one another in various ways, in ever-changing forms.
Yet, in the face of such rapid technological advancements and ever-growing cities, it feels as though nature is farther and farther away from our daily lives. There is a growing field of science dedicated to proving what many people have already experienced: nature is good for our minds and bodies. As our world develops, we need to create ways of sustainably bringing nature into our built environments.
The aim of this studio practice is to design objects with these cyclical, core materials that bring balance and harmony to our living spaces, recognize the beauty and complexity of all of our environments, blur the line between inside and outside, and integrate greenery more directly into our day to day experiences.