Concrete cat is a Canadian atelier established in 2007. We explore the use of concrete with a focus on colour, pattern and form. Concrete cat produces objet d’art, furniture, sculpture and architectural elements.
Matt is the founder of Concrete Cat. Elusive and enigmatic, his affinity with cats can be observed with his ability to be seen and heard only when he wants to be. Matt prefers to remain in his studio and reach out through his work, Concrete Cat is his primary form of communication with the outside world.
CHAOS – "Constantly observe all that comes about through change, and habituate yourself to the thought that the nature of the Whole loves nothing so much as to change one form of existence into another, similar but new". – Marcus Aurelius
The Concrete Cat studio is a place of passion and constant possibilities. Shawna's the Creative Director, Matt’s wife and business partner. She designs, translates, and communicates our message to the world. Working with extraordinary colour and texture are a part of her everyday. Life is good.
AUTHENTICITY – “Recognizing authenticity may take an instant. However the layering it takes to create something authentic takes time. Materials that age well are crucial to inspire the visual awe that we all crave.”
Erin is an artist, illustrator and printmaker. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Design and has since been practicing as a freelance illustrator with various local and international clients. She is enamored by plant and animal life, and finds a large part of her inspiration in science, philosophy, natural history and medicine. On her spare time, Erin runs a vegan & vegetarian arts and lifestyle blog called Tofu Cuties with her best friend.
SOUL – "Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." – Franz Kafka
Vivian is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto holding an Honours Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Architectural Design and Urban studies. From sketching detailed portraits and model-making to photographing strangers on the street, her creative contributions flow between disciplines brought together by the curiosity of human interaction and details of the everyday. At the studio, her role is to push Concrete Cat visuals in photography and digital media, while occasionally jumping in to assist on architectural design consultations.
DETAILS – "The details are details. They make the product. The connections, the connections, the connections. It will in the end be these details that give the product its life." – Charles Eames
Simple elegance. As a fresh Industrial Designer from the University of Alberta Kaiqiao has let this simple principle guide his design decisions. Kaiqiao is eager to understand design problems and redesign products to make them better and easy to use. He’s diligent and finishes what he starts. Kaiqiao's passion for design drives him to develop new ideas, solve problem, and create new objects.
SIMPLICITY – “Having design simplified is not just removing more or thinking less. There could be more elements to be removed, but designers should always think and understand more about the products before making them simple. ”
Nathan is our resident wizard and alchemist. He sees things others can't. He knows digital magic. He's a creative visionary and progressive with his designs and aesthetic. No matter what you give him he can creating something amazing. Every team needs a good wizard, someone who's loosened the grip of the world and is free to think, act and explore as they see fit.
CREATIVITY – “It’s not what you look at that matters it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau