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Bash by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon has created a new range of products made by beating, banging and bashing large sheets of annealed brass .

BASH is inspired by the desire for more organic, spontaneous and unpredictable design in a world swamped with mass produced, consistently well-finished objects. Smacked, beaten and hammered into abstract shapes each one bears the imprint of the tools and the personality of the craftsman.

BASH Vessel Mini – £70.00 | BASH Vessel Wide £450.00 | BASH Vessel Tall £680.00

These hand-made bowls are surprisingly delicate given the aggressive hammering that is necessary for their crafting. BASH Vessels are treated with a wash which renders the surface of the brass matt and is not lacquered or treated with any sealant. This means the objects oxidise over time to create a unique patina. To prevent this, use it for decorative purposes only and protect the object from humidity and liquids, which will accelerate the process.

Bash Vessel Large – £380.00 | Bash Vessel Small – £210.00

BASH is one of our most appropriately named products – beaten, banged and bashed from large sheets of annealed brass – they functioned so far as great bowls or serving dishes but we were missing over-scaled platters and vases. These are something to put a cherry blossom branch in, to use as an umbrella stand, or even a most extravagant waste paper basket. The tray allows for bigger parties and more ceremonial snacks.

BASH Tray – £240.00 BASH Platter- £370.00
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Making Concrete Pots, bowls, and Platters by Hester van Overbeek

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