When you’ve got a problem, turn to concrete for a versatile and unique solution every time. I love seeing the innovative ways that my students use concrete to make the world more beautiful and more functional. I may teach you how to use concrete to create countertops, but once class has ended each of you head out and use those skills to create stunning works of modern and practical art. I couldn’t be more proud! Thank you for sharing your concrete successes with me.
CCI student Lawrence Missakian needed a small desk for a child’s computer. He wanted something that would integrate well with the other pieces in his home and that would fuse together two of his favorite materials: wood and concrete. Lawrence took inspiration from a beautiful media console he had previously created that was already in his home. Since the desk was small, he skipped the doors and opted for a smooth, streamlined look instead.
The child’s computer desk shown here was created by combining poplar legs with a GFRC top. Lawrence built custom storage nooks into the top, leaving plenty of room for little desk must-haves like an iPad or iPhone. Each nook is felt-lined to protect delicate devices.
Lawrence used Rapid Set Cement All concrete for this particular project and loved the results. The top was in and out of the forms in just one day. His advice for using rapid set concrete on a GFRC project, “Definitely use a retarder so it doesn’t cure as fast. That’s key… it gives you enough time to work with it.” Lawrence loved how quickly this project was completed and definitely plans to use rapid set concrete on future GFRC projects.
This project and the many other stunning concrete pieces Lawrence has created attest to the love he has for concrete. His courses at CCI weren’t his first concrete courses, but they have helped him to step his craft up a notch and further perfect his methods. One of his favorite elements in a CCI course is learning about mix design. By understanding how to create his own mixes, using easily obtainable raw materials, he is now able to save money and be more involved in each concrete creation. It’s not just opening a bag and mixing things up; he now understands what to use and why, allowing for more customization and more freedom.