Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
Béton Homewares is
Quality and concrete love
Made by Irina
Tell us a little about the origins of Béton Homewares.
Béton Homewares arose from a genuine love of good quality, original and handmade products.
I was frustrated with the limitless poorly made products during a hunt for Christmas gifts and made the decision to make my own presents and began experimenting with concrete.
Shortly after, my fascination with concrete turned into an obsession and I discovered the incredible intricacies of the medium. I began further experimenting with shapes, colours, oxides and sealers and before I knew it I created an entire collection that perfectly summed up what I had always wanted in a product; creativity, originality and importantly, a product that would last a lifetime.
Describe your creative process.
Béton is my creative outlet. Sometimes it will be a certain colour or a conversation with a friend that will trigger an outpour of inspiration for just one new piece. Every béton work begins with the simplest gesture but takes months of experimenting to perfect.
What I love even more, is that there is a sense of ambiguity with each piece, although I control every step of the process, the end result will often rely on uncontrollable factors such as the weather.
What inspires you the most?
Everything! I couldn’t pick just one thing because I am inspired by something different every time I sit down and begin my sketches and planning.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers.
We are really spoilt for choice with incredible local designers and artists! Some of my favourites are Ruby Pilven and her incredible handmade ceramic jewellery and homewares, Katelyn Rew Photography; she captures the most intricate and fascinating moments of life. My favourite contemporary artist has been the one and only, Jud Wimhurst who’s work is both socially and historically pertinent and inspiring. Suzi Zutic, Hellkat Designs, Julia de Ville… the list could go on and on.
What are your ultimate dreams for Béton Homewares?
But honestly, I would consider myself successful if I am able to create a handmade product and encourage people to question where the ‘stuff’ they purchase is from and thus push people to buy and support local and handmade.
Knowing the life of the product, including who made it and where, is a really valuable part of béton and I encourage people to ask me a thousand questions about the product.
I have loved creating béton and I hope to keep creating for many years to come.
What will we find from Béton Homewares at our July Bend and Snap Market?
Oh so many exciting pieces! I have a new collection of concrete homewares that I am specifically creating for the Bend and Snap Market with a touch of the béton classics. There will be planters with the most gorgeous succulents, bowls and vessels and many other pieces including glossy key bowls and coasters, and lovely little gift ideas.
I am aiming to create a collection that fits every style, space and budget!
Our winter market at 1000 £ Bend on Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July (see Béton Homewares on the Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm) will be an entire weekend-long celebration of local art and design featuring a selection of curated stalls with a plethora of art work, jewellery, home wares, DIY kits, second hand stalls and a few sweets and treats by our girl Kylie (read: the most divine ginger bread goodies because consuming ginger to keep pesky winter flus at bay, right?!).
The smallest stones throw from the major shopping precincts in the CBD, come visit us in our Little Lonsdale nook and peruse through a range of fabulous artisanal everything coupled with the unique opportunity to meet and chat with the maker of each of the covetable wares that tickle your fancy!
Plated Image, connoisseur of delicate paper craft, will also be hosting papercraft workshop throughout the weekend, providing the materials and guidance to create your own bouquet of delicate paper flowers. Spaces in the workshop are limited and bookings are essential, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
Come down for our weekend-long celebration of local art and design on Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July (12:00pm to 5:00pm on each day), with a variety of stall holders on each day and enjoy an afternoon of sating your hunger for inspiration and discovery (and sate your literal hunger with all-day-breakfast/lunch/early dinner with the delish dishes dished up at the cafe!).
Limited stall spaces still available, apply here: https://bendandsnapmarket.wordpress.com/apply/
Saturday 25th July to Sunday 26th July, 12:00pm to 5:00pm
361 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne