My name is Lionel, creator of Croque Béton. Self-taught and enjoying manual work, I have always been passionate about the synergy between the different materials used in design decoration. I like to work concrete and to do, of a cold and raw material, aesthetic and utilitarian creations by realizing practical and uncluttered objects.
Concrete is an industrial material that can also be elegant and refined. Croque Béton was born from the idea of highlighting the concrete which has a strong aesthetic potential and its wish is to mix textures and colors for realize original objects and sublimate, in all its forms, this material with strong decorative character.
I create my own designs on 3D software and I use an ultra high performance concrete tinted in the mass with natural pigments or oxides. Reinforced with glass fibers, the particularity of this concrete lies in its very high density. I work cold metallization with metals like brass but also soon aluminum and bronze.
I equally realize diamond engravings on CNC who allows to bring out the engraved motif who spring of a lighter color and brings a bright contrast to the object without using a painting that would mask the appearance of the concrete. For the moment, Croque Béton proposes wall clocks, decorative trays and coasters but other projects are under development, notably carved canvas, design sculpture and concrete-light creations with fiber optics.
Design and photography: Croque Béton
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