Material Immaterial studio are a team of product designers who have recently worked with concrete. They created a group of objects they call 'Spaces.' The Spaces are a collection of nine unique concrete pieces measuring 2.44 inches by 2.44 inches by 2 inches (62x62x51 mm) that are designed to celebrate the "amalgamation of space and volume" that have sparked the designers' senses over the years. "They evoke your imagination and curiosity each time you look at it," they say. "These can be used as desktop curios or collectibles." The objects have been crafted using a special concrete mix designed to provide a smooth concrete finish at that scale.
Here is the artistic statement provided by Material Immaterial studio:
Space constantly encompasses our being like an inherently formless vapour. Its visual form, its dimensions and scale, the quality of its light, all of these elements deepen our perception of the spatial boundaries defined by elements of form. As space begins to be captured, enclosed, moulded, and organised by the elements of mass and volume, architecture comes into being.
Many of the best and most influential buildings of the last century are constructed with concrete, from Le Corbusier's quintessentially modernist Villa Savoye, to Frank Lloyd Wright's spellbinding Falling Water, and from Oscar Niemeyer's nation-defining Brasilia, to Tadao Ando's exhilarating Church of the Light. We at the 'Material Immaterial studio' have conceived these miniature concrete pieces that we fondly call “Spaces” to advocate and celebrate concrete's beauty, efficacy and its incalculable contribution to creating and defining spaces in the modern life.
Each piece is an individually complete space defined by Volumes and voids that give the human imagination a glimpse into what could be lying inside. The nine pieces from this first set can be put together around the central 'Kund’ to create a community space.
The 'Spaces' would adorn your desktop for years to come, and are bound to evoke your imagination every time you look at them, and tell a new story each time.