SAM DE VRIES ROBBÉ

Wearable Concrete

Concrete is one of the most multifunctional materials, why isn’t it portable yet?

Concrete is described as resilient due to the special properties of the material: concrete does not burn, rust or rot. Yet concrete is not used for clothing. To make concrete portable, I have developed a flexible form of concrete.

Concrete is the most widely used building material in the 21st century. After water, concrete is the most consumed material in the world. Concrete is often described as resilient due to the special properties of the material: concrete does not burn, rust or rot. Yet it is never used for garments. Why is concrete not yet portable?

To challenge the status quo, I have developed a flexible form of concrete. The result is a fabric that is suitable for a garment. To create a flexible form of concrete, I have developed an innovative formula consisting of two types of biomaterials and concrete. Each of the biomaterials adds a specific property to the mix. The result is a firm yet flexible fabric.

An advantage of conventional concrete is that you can use it to build in different shapes. Portable concrete cannot be called concrete if it loses the ability to be used in different forms and in different ways. Weaving and pleating are therefore examples of possible processing techniques for the fabric. To honor concrete in the design of the waistcoat, I use the construction site as inspiration.

Concrete is one of the most multifunctional materials out there, but it only comes in a hard form. To challenge this status quo and thereby ‘break the pattern’, I have developed a flexible form of concrete. To make the impossible possible, making carrying capacity bearable.

SAM DE VRIES ROBBÉ

Wearable Concrete

Concrete is one of the most multifunctional materials, why isn’t it portable yet?

Concrete is described as resilient due to the special properties of the material: concrete does not burn, rust or rot. Yet concrete is not used for clothing. To make concrete portable, I have developed a flexible form of concrete.

Concrete is the most widely used building material in the 21st century. After water, concrete is the most consumed material in the world. Concrete is often described as resilient due to the special properties of the material: concrete does not burn, rust or rot. Yet it is never used for garments. Why is concrete not yet portable?

To challenge the status quo, I have developed a flexible form of concrete. The result is a fabric that is suitable for a garment. To create a flexible form of concrete, I have developed an innovative formula consisting of two types of biomaterials and concrete. Each of the biomaterials adds a specific property to the mix. The result is a firm yet flexible fabric.

An advantage of conventional concrete is that you can use it to build in different shapes. Portable concrete cannot be called concrete if it loses the ability to be used in different forms and in different ways. Weaving and pleating are therefore examples of possible processing techniques for the fabric. To honor concrete in the design of the waistcoat, I use the construction site as inspiration.

Concrete is one of the most multifunctional materials out there, but it only comes in a hard form. To challenge this status quo and thereby ‘break the pattern’, I have developed a flexible form of concrete. To make the impossible possible, making carrying capacity bearable.