Unique materials inspire designers to create unexpected products.

There was so much to see at NYCxDesign 2014 that one look was often all the time there was in order to see everything. But what might look like a fairly common bowl or lamp at first glance sometimes reveals an innovate material use upon a closer look. Here is a collection of products we found making use of unexpected material in a really elegant way.

Omaggio all’artigiano by Luca Galbusera with Alessi and Italcementi, Desall.com and LPWK Design Studio Material: Cement

“Omaggio all’artigiano” (Homage to the Artisan) are a series of indoor/outdoor bowls that won the #Concrete In Design competition. Omaggio all’artigiano” is designed by Luca Galbusera with the participation of LWPK and Desall.com for Alessi and Italcementi. Galbusera created the bowls with EFFIX, a specially formulated cement that can be worked like plastic. Omaggio all’artigiano is a nod to the craft of traditional basket weaving reinterpreted in a modern material.

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