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Using both nature and her own imagination as references, Paagman crafted an organic and timeless concrete piece that exemplifies her artistic motivation: “Planet earth awakened me and strengthened my belief that the sky is the limit and that one must go with the flow,” she explained.
Project Objective + Client Feedback
Paagman is inspired by nature and the forces that shape our environment, including wind and water. Her goal is to create timeless, beautiful, and functional pieces that bring the outside environment inside the home. The Star Sink is an example of such an extraordinary everyday object. “The clients love the celestial design that flows so naturally. It creates a wonderful focal point, adding enduring beauty to the room,” says Paagman.
Design + Expertise
Created from a fabric and resin mold, this glass fiber reinforced concrete (GFRC) sink took four weeks to complete. Though this integral concrete sink measures 85″ long and 23″ wide, the use of GFRC methods make this monumental-like object weigh in at only 308 pounds, making it easier and less expensive to transport. Paagman views concrete as a medium of artistic expression, and fabric forming allows possibilities limited only by the imagination. After her first CHENG Concrete training in 2006, Paagman was truly excited: “Concrete is so much more than a building material…I am inspired by how you can mould, sculpt, colour, polish, stamp, texture and incorporate objects into it. Discovering fabric forming has created an unlimited spectrum for new pieces. I can produce anything my imagination perceives… [Concrete] allows me unlimited freedom for creative expression.”
Though Paagman’s complete color palette is comprised of earth tones that reflect her inspiration from nature, the Star Sink is made from a white concrete mix which dramatizes its strong yet soft organic form, evoking a water-weathered stone. Paagman’s entry gained high praise from the judges and is described as “easily the best visually,” “seductive form,” and “synonymous with excellence.”
2011 Presidents’ Award, CHENG Concrete Exchange Design Challenge
Recognized in the industry as the pinnacle of exceptional design and craftsmanship, the CHENG Concrete Exchange Design Challenge showcases talent and technical skill of the very best in creative concrete.
About Concrete Gallery Design
“I have come to the realization that concrete is my passion and concrete is my dream. My overarching goal is to make concrete feel and look soft, warm, earthy, natural and timeless,” says Caio Paagman of Concrete Gallery Design. Discovering concrete as her artistic medium in 2006, Paagman has trained with Fu-Tung Cheng of CHENG Concrete and Jeff Girard of The Concrete Countertop Institute.