From day one, we put a lot of thought into the covers for each issue of Concrete Decor magazine. Because it isn’t available on newsstands, we don’t have to try to appeal to the average grocery shopper standing in line, but we definitely want our cover images to be attention-grabbing. Out of the past 99 issues, we like to think that all 99 had amazing covers, but we did manage to pick our 10 favorites. How many of these do you remember or still have?
Top choice: Vol. 12 No. 4 – May/June 2012
This award-winning residential project in Overland Park, Kansas, features 600 fiber-optic lights embedded in stamped concrete. The work is by Artistic Concrete Surfaces in Olathe, Kansas.
Vol. 7 No. 7 – Nov. 2007
J&M Lifestyles LLC designed this bar top for an outdoor pool area in Old Westbury, New York. Embedded fiber-optic strands create a translucent effect in the concrete.
Vol. 8 No. 6 –Sept./Oct. 2008
Scott Cohen of The Green Scene in Los Angeles designed this project for a backyard pool remodel. Water cascades from copper wire spillways over custom glass mosaic tiles. The sheer cascades and spillways are backlit with fiber optics.
Vol. 8 No. 1 – Feb. 2008
Concrete is taken to new heights in this elevated two-story treehouse in Warren, Vermont.
Vol. 8 No. 8 – Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009
A fireplace in a Modesto, California, home is just one of many decorative concrete showpieces installed at the residence. Flying Turtle Cast Concrete made the piece.
Vol. 9 No. 7 – Nov./Dec. 2009 Denver-based Colorado Hardscapes created this old-world fountain with materials that included ArcusStone and GFRC. The fountain was placed at The Streets in SouthGlenn, a retail development in south Denver.
Vol. 9 No. 2 – March/April 2009
“Where the Tree is Born,” by Tom Ralston Concrete of Santa Cruz, California, graces the J. Ellington Library in San Jose, California. To create this tree, Ralston and his team laid a thin rubber sheet on top of concrete and cut out a tree branch pattern. He sandblasted the area then acid stained the sand-blasted branches.
Vol. 10 No. 6 – Aug./Sept. 2010
Brandon Gore’s “Fern Table” is located in the Arizona studio showroom of Gore Design Co. The table was cast with GFRC, given a tea-wash finish, and features inlay details that include steel and a meteorite slice. The plant shown is alive, as the table was designed with a growing container suspended just below the concrete tabletop.
Vol. 11 No. 1 – Jan. 2011
Concrete Decor’s 10th anniversary issue.
Vol. 12 No. 2 – Feb./Mar. 2012
Absolute Concrete Works LLC of Poulsbo, Washington, created 1,500 square feet of GFRC panels to simulate shelved books for the main lobby of a new building at the Amazon.com Inc. headquarters in Seattle, Washington.