“Broadly, wabi-sabi is everything that today’s sleek, mass-produced, technology-saturated culture isn’t. It’s flea markets, not shopping malls; aged wood, not swank floor coverings; one single morning glory, not a dozen red roses. Wabi-sabi understands the tender, raw beauty of a gray December landscape and the aching elegance of an abandoned building or shed. It celebrates cracks and crevices and rot and all the other marks that time and weather and use leave behind. To discover wabi-sabi is to see the singular beauty in something that may first look decrepit and ugly. Wabi-sabi reminds us that we are all transient beings on this planet—that our bodies, as well as the material world around us, are in the process of returning to dust. Nature’s cycles of growth, decay, and erosion are embodied in frayed edges, rust, liver spots. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace both the glory and the melancholy found in these marks of passing time. Rough textures, minimally processed goods, natural materials, and subtle hues are all wabi-sabi. Consider the musty-oily scene that lingers around an ancient wooden bowl, the mystery behind a tarnished goblet. This patina draws us with a power that the shine of the new doesn’t possess. Our universal longing for wisdom, for genuineness, for shared history manifests in these things.” -Robyn Griggs Lawrence // This is a photo of an Entwine Table by Hard Goods that has patina’ed beautifully in a coffee shop over the last few years // #concrete #concretelove #concretetable #concretefurniture #wabisabi #hardgoods #hg #brandongore #goredesignco

Posted on: November 30th, 2014

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Levitation is a difficult act with materials this heavy // The Triangulum Table // #concrete #concretelove #concretefurniture #concretetable #hardgoods #hg #brandongore #goredesignco #handcrafted #madeintheusa

Posted on: November 30th, 2014

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“The story of civilization is, in a sense, the story of engineering—that long and arduous struggle to make the forces of nature work for man’s good.” – Lyon Sprague DeCamp // The Triangulum Table // Concrete + Wood + Steel // #concrete #concretetable #concretefurniture #woodisgood #steelisreal #hardgoods #hg #brandongore #goredesignco #handcrafted #madeintheusa

Posted on: November 30th, 2014

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The devil is the details // precision is paramount for the modern craftsman // #concrete #concretetable #concretefurniture #hardgoods #hg #goredesignco #brandongore #woodisgood #handcrafted #madeintheusa

Posted on: November 30th, 2014

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Another photo of my first concrete furniture piece and concrete light / The light was board formed black concrete / This was when I learned that trying to melt foam out of concrete was a bad idea / If you want to learn from my (many) mistakes, check out ConcreteDesignSchool.com #concrete #concretelove #concretetable #concretefurniture #brandongore #hardgoods #hg #goredesignco #handcrafted #madeintheusa

Posted on: November 29th, 2014

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This is a photo of the first concrete desk I created for my studio. Black concrete cantilevering off the redwood slat wall. (ca. 2004) #concrete #concretelove #concretefurniture #concretedesk #concretetable #goredesignco #hardgoods #hg #brandongore #handcrafted #madeintheusa

Posted on: November 29th, 2014

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Another view of the concrete + steel + found wood desk, ca. 2007 #concrete #concretelove #concretefurniture #goredesignco #hardgoods #hg #brandongore #handcrafted #madeintheusa

Posted on: November 29th, 2014

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Throwback to the very first piece of furniture I ever made – a concrete + steel conference table and a concrete light. I didn’t know what I didn’t know, which was a good thing back then. We all start somewhere and this was my starting line. I would approach it differently today but I can appreciate the honest imperfectness of these pieces, and the lessons learned were invaluable. #concrete #concretelove #concretefurniture #concretetable #steelisreal #brandongore #goredesignco #handmade #madeinusa #hardgoods #hg

Posted on: November 26th, 2014

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As comfortable as concrete gets // The Modern Muskoka Chair + Ottoman #concrete #concretelove #concretefurniture #concretechair #handmade #hardgoods #hg #brandongore #madeinusa

Posted on: November 24th, 2014

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“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery #concrete #concretelove #concretefurniture #hg #hardgoods #goredesignco #brandongore #handmade #madeinusa

Posted on: November 24th, 2014

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