Product / Published on February 8, 2021
By Juli Pisano
They say, “nothing is set in stone”. Yet, at the AtelierB workshop in Montréal, Québec, Canada, EVERYTHING is set in stone.
In 2001, Frédéric Tremblay founded AtelierB with the objective of designing and manufacturing in Montréal, collections of concrete floors, countertops, concrete decorative panels as well as a unique line of residential and commercial concrete furniture and accessories.
Made to measure or produced in small series, the products created would be thought out to meet the needs of designers, architects and urban planners just as much as those of design enthusiasts and contemporary creation amateurs. A successful bet. An objective met.
|Plancher de béton, Projet Beaumont, Architecte : Henri Cleinge||Comptoir de béton, Projet Louis-Hébert, A&D : _naturehumaine|
Over the years, the agency has developed a unique niche of creativity around an exceptional raw material: concrete. “Concrete is a material that is not heated. It is therefore very sensitive to humidity and telegraphs everything, the slightest defect in the mold, the slightest dust or imperfection is visible, ”explained Frédéric to La Presse in 2017.“ Concrete is said to “ghost”, that is, it goes so far as to take the imprint of something that has already disappeared ”.
Year after year, design products created by AtelierB have attracted media attention, charmed users and won honours, recognized for the excellence of their design. And since many of these products have interesting residential applications in an era in which our playground is limited more than ever to the four walls of our homes, INT.design saw fit to present or revisit some of these creations.
|Banc P/500 – 1 800 $ CAN||Crochets/40 – 75 $ CAN pqt 5||Marches StepOp/sur demande|
Pink & Punk
The Pink-Punk Tennis Table
Is it a table? Is it a game? This conversation piece plays off infidels, going from the dining table to the conference table to the ping-pong table, by the easy and clever addition of a customizable and removable galvanized steel net.
The result of a collaboration with the Lambert & Fils studio, the Pink Punk table is modular and easily transported. Here, the creative team had fun reconciling the innovative spirit of London punk with the classic-contemporary spirit of the 1980s film Pretty in Pink.
Available at the workshop or on delivery, the table is yours starting at CAN $5,000.
All fire all flames!
Chibouki Pizza Oven, Atelier B
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award 2020
Limited Series Product Design
Object, Accessory, Kitchen or Bathroom Product
A companion in warm seasons, an accomplice to the pleasures of the backyard, the Chibouki is as much a four bread by morning, as a pizza oven by eve! Entirely designed in Montreal, each unit has been handcrafted by the passionate AtelierB team.
Its rounded and playful design transports us straight to New Mexico and expresses a raw side that shines in the hottest weather. The head of the oven, all concrete, houses the dome in which two pizzas cook every five minutes. It can be placed on several types of bases with the dual function of log holder, sometimes concrete (duh!), sometimes steel.
A unique cooking object that unites design, functionality, safety and raw material.
Chibouki Pizza Oven – Photos: Dominique Lafond
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award 2017
Industrial Design Architectural Product
Atelier B’s concrete tapestries, with their robust appearance, are the result of a marvellous combination of craftsmanship and innovative techniques.
Produced from a process of printed and embossed tapestry moulding, these fibre-reinforced concrete panels without aggregate or framework serve as a backsplash for a decorative wall or countertop, among other things.
The abundance of finishes, the array of patterns and the multiple shades of gray in which the panels are available make them the ideal candidates to inspire architects, designers and home owners meet their ambitions. Rich in texture, sober in tone, light and durable, these new types of tapestries reinvent the interior or exterior spaces.
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Award 2016
Spring will come again! Seeds will grow and plants will blossom and flourish again!
City goers and Suburbans have discovered the joys of gardening like never before, massively converting to the practice as of the exceptional Summer of 2020! Le CARRÉ integrates both street beautification and urban community living in a simple, modular concept. Made of concrete cubes into which wooden planks can be inserted in two ways, the furniture can be arranged according to a variety of combinations. From a simple bench suspended between two flower containers to a square patch of vegetation surrounded by four blooming concrete cubes, the components are all designed to be weather resistant and easy to store for the winter.
Sold at the workshop or on delivery and sells for CAN $400.
Le Carré – Photos: Stéphane Brugger