If you have the aesthetic sense for all things design, you will love this “Do-It-Yourself” creation by The Concrete Everything.
A humble business that creates beautiful bespoke concrete lamp pieces that explores the beauty and the raw nature of concrete. Uniquely using cement as a building block for their collections, every piece they bring to you is always different and made just for you, from a simple fashion accessory to a lamp in your love nest. They are people who enjoy bringing together natural elements to create lighting pieces that is earthly, natural, solid and affordable.
Meet The Founder,
Inspired By Their Love For Design
The Concrete Everything Store was founded in a small HDB room by Alvin Chan & Vanessa Wan. With a love for the local “DIY” culture and as an expression of their creative juices, they have been exploring cement amongst other nature inspired materials to craft unique bespoke homeware pieces. Concrete Everything is a humble business that appreciates good design and is the realization of our passion & love for design!
Vanessa Wan & Alvin Chan
We’d like to regard ourselves instead as craftsmen
who are fuelled by a passion and love for design -Alvin
We don’t really regard ourselves as a business, in fact, I have a day job as an industrial designer and our ‘studio’ is our home! Instead, we’d like to regard ourselves instead as craftsmen who are fuelled by a passion and love for design and our products are our fruits of labour, under our brand, Concrete Everything.
What we want to represent is the revival of the entrepreneurial spirit of Singapore and carry the name of Singapore to the world. We want to be a brand that inspires others to take the leap. Part of me represents the ‘play-safe’ Singaporean attitude and wants to show others that exploring your passion while having a day job is possible!
We created our very first product
that started us on our first steps
Concrete Everything really began by chance, there wasn’t a great deal of thought or research going into it (seriously). What happened was we actually found some leftover cement at our HDB void deck, picked some up and made a mould from a used milk carton, we created our very first product that started us on our first steps.
It has just been about a year and over a 100 handmade concrete lamps later, being retailed in multiple boutique shops and online platforms. Being featured in various platforms, it has been quite an exciting journey for us and we are looking forward to the year ahead.
We do not have much resources and Concrete Everything was started based on a zero cost model, we literally shared the tasks amongst the two of us. With a background in industrial design, I cover everything design related, dealing with everything graphics, branding, packaging, product related and being the ambitious one I build the business in all directions and am always learning from other more successful businesses as well. My wife Vanessa covers the social media aspect of the business, but even more than that, she the biggest critic of my designs and is a huge emotional pillar and sounding board for the business.
Beyond us are the various retail partners who are at the frontline of our business, having our products out there and be seen. Without these wonderful brands and people, we wouldn’t be anything we are today. Watson from Redundant Shop / Born & Raised, Jasmine from Etch & Bolts, Amanda from Naiise to name some of the awesome people we’ve met along the way.
Fuelled by sheer passion and determination
Having a business isn’t easy, running the business as a part time endeavour is even tougher! Just based on the physical toil alone, juggling a day job, coming home to my family and caring for my beautiful SG50 baby, Ernest, spending time on Concrete Everything is fuelled by sheer passion and determination and despite the hard work,
I still do enjoy every aspect of the business.
We want to give a holler to fellow Singaporeans to support locally made designs, we aren’t any less inferior to other bigger brands and made by fellow Singaporeans, we know what you want! We also want to give a big shout outs to students and aspiring designers who are on the fence to dare to take the leap, follow in our footsteps and dream big. And lastly to anyone who has a business opportunity for us, to contact us and knock on our doors!