I love this textile patterned concrete from Girli Concrete, which is a R&D project of the Tactility Factory in Belfast, Ireland. What’s really interesting here is that the fabric has been embedded into the surface of the concrete to both strengthen and decorate. The fabric is a visual softener of the concrete, but the concrete is still a major aesthetic player. Through the use of stitching, sequins, flocking and other techniques, they have successfully added softness, pattern, and texture to this rigid material.
Be sure to check out their sample page which has some of the most interesting images, but here is a good taste of what they are doing:
Thanks to subscriber Don Hourahane for the tip!