Curt Pieper grew up in the concrete
industry, literally learning the family business from the lap
of his beloved Grandmother, to the cab of a ready-mix truck,
finally arriving at the top of the 95 year old company which
he now runs. Along the way he mastered the rigid standards of
the concrete industry as well as the often perplexing, unpredictable
nature of concrete. Then he began to look at concrete, which
had once been his nemesis, as a creative outlet. Why not use
his knowledge of the medium in a new way?
Curt Pieper began experimenting with various molds and techniques to form concrete tables. Each novel design was viewed dispassionately by the "businessman" for perceived flaws and inspirationally by the "artist" for its distinct possibilities.
As he embraced all the elements
of concrete the "artist" prevailed and the tables reflect
this shift. They are disarmingly simple and sophisticated.
Yet, they are also stunningly-classic and modern. He has incorporated glass and steel into his designs, giving them a cool industrial edge.
Curt Pieper's love of nature informs his work. He has great appreciation for the boundless appeal of the outdoors and loves to incorporate this element, simply, in his tables.
Utilizing a leaf, a branch or a fern formed in concrete, brings a sense of warmth to the tables and adds a distinctly one of a kind dimension to them. He merges the uniqueness of nature with the slightly unpredictable nature of concrete, and in the process, creates tables that astound and delight.
Curt Pieper has a growing
portfolio of designs. One group is called the "fractured
table" series. With these pieces he confounds the confines
of concrete by cracking his tables and putting them back together.
Incorporating characteristics viewed as flaws, his designs spring-board
creatively to new levels. The results are bold, cutting edge
concrete tables with a sly wink at the concrete industry. Each
new table is an example of innovative concrete design and inspired