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Photo by Roberto Niño Betancourt
Photo by Roberto Niño Betancourt
Photo by Roberto Niño Betancourt
Photo by Roberto Niño Betancourt

‘Brüt’ is a monolithic set of stool and barbecue for outdoors produced by casting a compound of cement and coconut coir.
Milan-based designer Agustina Bottoni explores the field of self-production by creating a low-tech casting process, using accessible products, most of them available at IKEA stores. ?The mix is compressed into a reusable mold, which is actually a domestic plastic container. This fibrous compound is so strong that doesn’t need any inner reinforcement. A Styrofoam core reduces the weight of each piece significantly, making it possible to be lifted by a single person.
The unique texture of the pieces defies the cold roughness of concrete, as the result of using coconut coir -an organic element- as the main ingredient of this lightweight but strong compound.
The process allows the possibility to produce these durable pieces of furniture on a small scale at an extremely low cost. The material has proven to be water and fireproof, ideal for springtime barbecues.