Stellvertreter Coat Rack


German designer Stephan Schulz creates some dynamic and spirited solutions to some of our everyday functional needs. The ‘Stellvertreter’ (German to English translation: Deputy) puts its best foot forward with a playful and modern interpretation of the ubiquitous boot brush and coat tree.  Depending on the available space, there are two sizes to appropriately adorn your foyer. The foundation of the largest entry way conversation piece boasts a big man’s footprint alongside a child’s, with a thick, bristly shoe brush. The second option is small and simple with a single pair of shoes imprinted. This object wardrobe will always give you a warm welcome. Much of Stephan’s work uses concrete as a medium. There is something about the formative ability of concrete for expression, paired with the cool crisp materiality and color palette that I find irresistible. I can imagine many custom expressions that would be great fun to explore. How about soles?  The graphic quality of Stephan’s choices are expressive and spot-on.

Manufacturer: nils holger moormann gmbh




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Concrete Bowls

I have recently learned of the work of Stephan Schulz. It is a welcome discovery. Born in 1983, he is a young German industrial designer, and has a varied and interesting portfolio of work. Stephan has designed a collection of concrete bowls which I find intriguing. There is a complexity of color and play of light from the unexpected smooth finish given the concrete medium in which he works. The color and texture of the concrete bowls offer the perfect backdrop for a simple and artful meal. The absence of decoration and expression of the material really encourage the presentation of the food to take center stage. A modesty of sorts, which comes only with the comfort of perfection.

“Setting a minimalist accent, this set of four hand-made bowls presents an apparently everyday mationialin a new context. The bowls have a mobile quality; playing with the usual cliche of the hard rigidity and weight of concrete; they can rock back and forth, while drawing their stability from the increasing wall thickness towards the base.”  studio stephanschulz

To learn more, visit the manufacturer WWW.BETONIU.DE, or the studio of Stephan Schulz.


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A High-Strung Staircase

I first spotted this stringy staircase on Plastolux and then quickly headed over to Mo+Messerschmidt’s site to find out more. Perfect for artistic homeowners with a love for DIY, this concrete staircase has a top and bottom railing ripe for weaving your favorite hue of string/yarn/rope. I can’t imagine how much time it might take, but I do love the statement it makes.

And of course, safety would be an issue. I suppose sometimes, function must take a back seat to insanely gorgeous form, yes?

What do you think, friends? Would you try this in your own home?

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