Hester van Overbeek is a very creative designer who is always aware of the Zeitgeist and so it is with her inspiring book Making Concrete Pots, Bowls, and Platters.
This is the perfect book for summer as its attractively styled images show. If you are going to be mucking about with concrete it is best to be in a warmish climate and have an outdoor space in which to work. The fire bowl would create a perfect atmosphere on a summer evening, and if you are entertaining there’s a cheese board that can double up as a sharing platter.
The book has clear step-by-step instructions for all the projects. The most difficult aspect of using concrete is the weight of it and carrying it home from the builders yard. Take a quick look around your house, or a trip to a thrift store to come up with solutions for moulds or you can cast in sand.
The project top of our list is the garden planter, currently succulents are on everyone’s agenda and the texture of the grey concrete against the fleshy leaves would be perfect.
With 35 projects to choose from this informative book is for anyone wanting to make highly desirable, simple, contemporary makes for the home and garden.
Making Concrete Pots, Bowls, & Platters by Hester van Overbeek,
Published by CICO Books (£12.99)
Photography by James Gardiner © CICO Books