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February 27, 2013
Concrete: Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier utilized the material to build the famous Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. The historic Tower Bridge in London contains over 70,000 tons of it. And there's even a Tumblr that exclusively features those gray beauties. From a stackable bowl to a modular home in Ecuador, here are ten buildings and objects that are only getting stronger with age.

The sculptural Arc Table designed by Foster and Partners for Molteni & C consists of a solid base of cement and fiber that mimics the sweeping curves and crests of a tensile fabric structure. Weatherproof, too!

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Modern courtyard with glazed walls and stacked concrete forms

This modular home in Ecuador opens up to the outside, literally and figuratively. Three courtyards built around existing trees flow seamlessly into a series of rooms with glazed concrete walls and sliding glass doors. Photo by: João Canziani

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Originally appeared in An Innovative Modular Building System in Ecuador
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This blocky, modernist Beton Concrete Lamp is designed by Matthias Kothe for Komat and handcrafted in Germany. Place it on your desk or hang it from a wall; it'll look good either way.

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American architect Louis Kahn's stunning Salk Institute in San Diego, California, doubles as an architecture must-see and a fully-functional working laboratory. Photo by: Bryce Duffy

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These Stacking Concrete Pots by Culinarium are cast in a hand made mould, hand burnished and smoothly finished. All knick knack storage dilemmas begone!

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Frequent Dwell photographer Roger Davies snapped this concrete block dream of a house, equipped with its very own pool. Via  desire to inspire. (Pin)

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These super absorbent and stain-resistant Hexagon Coasters by Culinarium have a unique patina and durability found in its specially composed concrete mix that the US-based kitchenware company has spent years perfecting.

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This concrete house gets plenty of breathing room, thanks to its retractable windows. Patterned tilework, a red leather couch, and a pair of lime green pendants create more visual interest. Via Escuyer.

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<b><a href="http://store.mjolk.ca/index.php?product=2010-00+%2F+1010-00&shop=1&search=concrete%20shaving">1. Concrete shaving kit by Lovisa Wattman for Iris Hantwerk.</a></b> "There's something nice about taking time for yourself and the morning ritual of

This Concrete Shaving Kit designed by Lovisa Wattman for Iris Hantwerk includes a soft concrete shaving dish, soap, and a traditional beech bristled brush made by visually impaired craftspeople. The soap dish even says 'soap' in Braille.

Originally appeared in Mjölk: Favorite Product Picks
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A Philippe Starck standing lamp and an Eames chaise longue bracket the living room; two Lawrence Weiner prints hang behind a pair of Warren Platner chairs and a table purchased from a River Oaks estate sale; at far left of the room, a partial wall of new

In architect Barbara Hill's renovated 1960s condo, a Philippe Starck standing lamp and a white Eames chaise longue bracket the concrete-clad living room; two Lawrence Weiner prints hang behind a pair of Warren Platner chairs and a table purchased from a River Oaks estate sale; at far left of the room, a partial wall of new cinderblocks hides a return air vent. Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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Originally appeared in Stripped Ease
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arc table foster and partners molteni and c

The sculptural Arc Table designed by Foster and Partners for Molteni & C consists of a solid base of cement and fiber that mimics the sweeping curves and crests of a tensile fabric structure. Weatherproof, too!

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