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.
ART & DESIGN – Design is true. Art is pure. Conflate the two and create magic.
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.”
What do a german shepherd, an existential gardener, a painting of a watermelon man painted white, reviews of saltwater, Simone de Beauvoir, a curious poet, and toast have in common? Apparently not much; until Erin, a thumping good dotwork detective, found herself as a concrete colour whiz kid at Concrete Cat.
“The world will freely offer itself to you. To be unmasked, it has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” – Franz Kafka
From sketching to model-making to photographing strangers on the street, Vivian's 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 create 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
While an outsider might call Trevor a "production artist" all the insiders know he's a multifaceted talent that can't be defined with a single title. He rolls in a range of inspiration, from gem cutting and fossil restoration, to recording music and film in Belize. Trevor’s passion for experimentation has formed eager eyes for problem solving, making an ambidextrous personality that Concrete Cat finds irresistibly irreplaceable.
“If I don’t have red, I use blue.” – Pablo Picasso
Julie's aesthetic and design sensibility is a meticulous balance of delicate simplicity and a playful attitude. She is a visual and curious being; fingers dipped in the vessels of our marketing, photography, product develop-ment and production. She bathes her roots in traditional and modern mediums, thriving in the sectors of visual art, performance art and industrial design which sprouts a contemporary quality in Concrete Cat that's fresh and engaging.
“I never gave up painting, I just changed my palette.” – Ray Eames