Outdoor Concrete Seating Area by Fu-Tung Cheng, Cheng Design | Concrete Exchange

Nature: A Concrete Contemplation

Calm Inspiration in Contemporary Times Whenever I travel to Europe and Asia, I see art and architecture crafted and merged into so many of the buildings and homes. There exists a sensibility in art, craftsmanship, and design that we associate with works of the past. There is so much detail to appreciate everywhere—and so much expression. In the art of …

Charcoal Colored Concrete Countertop by Fu-Tung Cheng, Cheng Design | Concrete Exchange

How to Design with Concrete Color

Balancing Your Statement with Nature’s Timelessness Color is about visual relationships and what makes our world vibrant. Choosing colors is generally the last and most difficult choice when making design decisions; it’s always easier to work on the space, the plan, the shape, and all the details of a project in a black-and-white world before considering color. It’s like staging …

Concrete Kitchen Island by Fu-Tung Cheng | Concrete Exchange

Making Vertical Concrete Walls

A Monolithic Sculpture and Functional Concrete Kitchen Island A monolithic pour of a wall and countertop is an exciting and completely rewarding undertaking. There is an undeniable impact when the wall and the counter it supports are fused into an integral, sculptural form. Working with concrete from a sculptural, rather than just functional, perspective elevates the value and emotional appeal …

Kitchen Concrete Countertop by Fu-Tung Cheng, Cheng Design | Concrete Exchange

The Infinite Styles of Concrete

One Material Has You Covered From Traditional to Modern Quick Tour of Concrete Concrete has been used for centuries to form all sorts of structures and surfaces. Most people think of it as an exterior material for large bridges or skyscrapers, public sidewalks or roads. In fact, concrete has extensively been used as a decorative and structural material in architecture …

Vibrant Concrete Color Samples | CHENG Concrete Exchange

Creating Custom Colors

Making colored concrete can be accomplished either by adding pigments directly to the concrete mix before casting or staining the concrete once it’s been placed. In this guide we’re going to take a close look at how to create custom colors for adding to the concrete mix prior to placement. The concrete is often referred to as “integral colored concrete” …

Reaching Quiet Designs Concrete Kitchen Island with Under-the-Counter Lighting

Hiring the Right Concrete Professional

Hiring a concrete professional should be a process that produces a finished project you’ll enjoy for decades to come. These simple tips are a guide to prepare yourself with the information you should know, the questions you should ask, along with some do’s and don’ts during the process. Being prepared will make a difference in how smoothly your project gets …

Concrete Stepping Stones by CHENG Concrete Exchange | Concrete Exchange

Make Something Special with Concrete

San Mateo, CA (MAY 16, 2013) – CHENG Concrete will showcase a series of five Concrete Garden Stepping Stone Molds at Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Events Center, May 18 and 19, 2013. The Berkeley, CA-based company is an online how-to center offering concrete design for the home, instruction and information anchored by a store featuring a complete …

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Karl Champley of “DIY Live” Interviews Fu-Tung Cheng

Fu-Tung Cheng, author of Concrete Countertop books and founder of CHENG Concrete and CHENG Design speaks with DIY Live host Karl Champley about his roots in concrete, and how he uses the material today as a designer, working on a range of projects, from the small-scale using found molds as formwork and up to large scale Residential Architecture projects like …

Fabric Formed Concrete Wall by Fu-Tung Cheng | Concrete Exchange

Holy Moly—It’s Spring!

Spring is here! And I got called up for concrete duty… to finally finish the outdoor garden environment and entrance hardscape project I promised my wife three years ago as a birthday present. I removed a Monterey pine, reshuffled a concrete pathway, and then I began rebuilding the hardscape featuring a fabric-formed concrete retaining wall with a fiber-reinforced purple planter, …

Woodform concrete sink by JM Lifestyle | CHENG Concrete Exchange

Woodform Concrete Showstopper at 2015 Architectural Digest Show in NYC

Award Winning JM Lifestyle’s Woodform concrete is featured in Consumer Reports Hottest Trends List along with a glowing review by FuTung Cheng. Take a look at one their award winning Woodform kitchen designs and an award winning bath in the Concrete Exchange Design Gallery or if you’re interested in hiring JM Lifestyle for your next project, be sure to check …