Concrete is rarely considered a subtle material, but when artificially subjected to the corrosive forces of time and the elements shows, it shows another side to its potential. What once would have felt incredibly hard and impermeable gains character, personality and a sense of history with a little artistic tweaking.
Gore Design Co., now known as Hard Goods, works on fireplaces, furniture, counters and more, but their sinks stand out from the collection, and reflect a rather aggressive philosophy of creative self-expression.
“Hard Goods started as Gore Design Co. in 2004 and has been advancing the art of concrete sinks and vanities ever since. Every piece is a made-to-order original design handcrafted in the United States. Architects, designers and homeowners depend on us to deliver the highest quality custom products on time and to exact specifications. We invite you to experience our customer service and craftsmanship firsthand on your next project. “
The company has a cheeky way of explaining their vision of how concrete should be adapted for modern usage.
“Concrete, as it has been known for more than 2000 years, died in early 2004. Born during the Roman Empire, Traditional Concrete thrived as aqueducts, sidewalks and lawn gnomes.”
Some of their sinks are simple cast shapes that add interest to flowing water, while others exhibit material processes found in nature or simply imposed by, say, a hand printed on still-curing concrete. It reflects a fun, refreshing approach to this common material, and certainly sets them apart from the competition.
“A full-blown green design studio. Fewer credit cards. One guy plus a small creative team who’ve decided this is where they want to be. We’re a little off-kilter. We like caffeine. We were damaged by soul-draining corporate jobs. We’ve recovered. We wear shorts and T-shirts to work. We eat a lot of sandwiches. We recycle. We make beautiful, functional art. We’re believers in change. There’s little that we don’t see within our reach. We love what we do. We know we can do more, and we will…”