Seven years ago, we were tapped to design a line of 100% concrete furniture. The results were one-of-a-kind pieces, artisanal in approach and industrial in execution. While we rose up and met the challenge, our distributor thought the endeavor was too risky and puled out. So we decided to sell our inventory ourselves–Lyon Béton was born.
From Lyon to Jacksonville to Oslo, today we sell our unique creations around the world. We’re as committed as ever to thinking outside the (sand)box, and by pushing our raw material to its limits, we’ve designed a product that’s as durable as it is contemporary.
1/ It’s heavy. But then again, beauty has a certain heaviness to it, too. 2/ It’s sturdy. But not indestructible. If your whole family starts bouncing up and down on one of our dining tables, it will break. Trust us. We’ve tried. 3/ It takes a little TLC. But give it the care it deserves, and it will last for generations. Your grandchildren will thank you.
At Lyon Béton, we’ve given free rein to three madcap designers, Bertrand Jayr, Henri Lavallard Boget, and Alexandre Dubreuil, who are as enthusiastic about concrete as designers in the 1950s were about plastic. Their designs range from the offbeat to the harebrained; and the end result is iconoclastic and astonishing–“iconoclastonishing,” if you will. If you’re a designer looking to mix it up, give us a call.
Our latest product line, FRAG, combines our expertise in concrete with the eye-catching images of working graffiti artists. FRAG is a collaborative series of concrete pictures ready to hang on your wall, like slabs of pavement picked right up off the street.
On the market, you’ll find more and more of furnitures «concrete way».
It is most frequently products based of resin, with the sensation of touch plastic. Some others simply apply a finish “imitation concrete” on a wood or medium structure. No guarantee for outdoor and no emotion in the touch.
Our furniture is 100% concrete. It is hand made. We have given careful attention to the finishing of our products. Although they are made of concrete, it is none the less furniture on which you are going to eat, put your hi-fi equipment, share a drink, put your books… furniture on which your kids will play, draw. We are not manufacturers of concrete that we would launched into the furniture. We are designers who work movable concrete. And this is an important distinction!
This is a fiber – lightweight concrete (less than 2 tonnes per m3). Its structure is reinforced by a steel frame. Based from natural materials (cement, sand, water, steel fibers), it is made by hand and finished in a succession of steps carefully developed. Pores, micro-cracks, possible variations in color are inherent in the material used and its application in industrial work. They give your furniture charm and its unique appearance.
Suitable for indoor as well as outdoor under temperate conditions. Clean with a soft cloth and mild soapy water. Rince and wipe dry.
For a better protection, we recommend that you regularly apply the following products: wax or water repellent / oil repellent for natural stone, marble or concrete.
We do sell a Protection and Care Kit for concrete furniture by Lithofin.
If you use our furniture outside, we urge you to put in shelter during the “off season” under a veranda or ideally in a dry location. Don’t forget to clean, air dry prior the furnitures.
If you leave your furniture outside during this period, it is imperative to cover it with a protective cover 100 % polyester coated with water-repellent : a waterproof, breathable, UV-resistant. You will find this type of covers in all DIY stores.
Saltpeter is a layer created by the accumulation of mineral salts on high humidity porous surfaces. It is a natural physical phenomenon.
The presence of saltpeter is due to high humidity, stagnant water or over-watering.
Do not overload. Make sure it is evenly spread and luster the product to allow the linen oil to penetrate deeply.
Prevention: how to avoid the formation of saltpeter?
To lastingly remove saltpeter, you can use an effective anti-saltpeter solution which protect the substances from deterioration caused by water, frost and weatherization.
Anti-saltpeter can be applied with a brush from the bottom to the top or with a spray by saturating the substance. As a preventive measure, the use of an anti-saltpeter product acts as a capillary barrier to prevent moisture from wicking upwards and has the advantage of being applicable on wet surfaces.