With a background in Structural design and construction Benjamin Turley has an extensive knowledge of the properties of concrete. His career using concrete as a medium began in 2006 when he agreed to cast and hand-trowel a bar top for a Brooklyn eatery. “It was winter and there was no heat in the place,” Ben recalls. “I think I was still there at one in the morning trying to finish. I’ve learned a lot since then.”

Ben now uses the most advanced technologies available to create custom cast concrete products as well as his own furniture designs. “It’s a mould able stone,” Ben says. “That’s why I like it. It offers nearly unlimited color and shape opportunities. No other stone or stone like material can be used like this. “

When asked about his approach to furniture design. Ben says, “I like contrasts. I generally use wood and concrete together. The warmth of the wood and the coolness of concrete is a nice mix. I will often cast the concrete around the other elemement revealing the union of the two, and adding interest to the surface. I also like to combine natural/random lines with symmetric or geometric elements. Each piece is a sculpture with function. That’s my goal.”