Saddle Bench

We cast this bench with carbon-fiber reinforced concrete in an “a” and “b” module. These currently look awesome outside of Givens Hall at Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, but they would look equally spectacular anywhere.  Give us a shout and we can make you some, they’ll last for years.

This bench is the culmination of several months of research experimenting with form-making techniques and concrete mix recipes.  The modular concept was designed digitally using 3-D modeling software.  A curved section was mirrored  with curves lofted between them to generate the benches undulating geometry.

Two sets of forms were produced, one for each module, by milling laminated panels of MDF.  A course linear tooling pattern with a ball nose bit was selected to give the piece texture and minimize the milling time.  Each set of forms consisted of six pieces that were sealed in urethane.

Great care was taken in placing and vibrating the concrete placed in each form.  The result was a slender section of concrete whose surface expresses the richness of its creation.  Form joint lines are raised.  Milling tool marks create a soft linear striation, and smooth rings reveal the glue penetration layers of MDF were laminated together.

This project exemplifies our studio’s belief that an integrated approach to designing and making can yield spectacular results.



  • Design
  • 3D Modeling
  • CNC Routing
  • Concrete Casting