Some people reject concrete as heavy, harsh and soulless. And, of course, there’s the cracking. But that’s flawed thinking, according to artisan Tyler Thomas Blaine. As the owner of Modern Craftsman in SLC, he’s changing this one project at a time.
First, you need a better concrete, says Blaine. He likens himself to a chef and his high-performance OrganiCrete to a recipe created from search for the finest. “I took a scientific approach and refined ingredients for consistency, color and quality,” he says.
Next, think outside of the box. Blaine works with architects, interior designers and homeowners to bring their visions to life using concrete in very surprising ways. His handcrafted bathtubs, large conference tables, sculpted countertops, broad wall and shower panels, fire features and countless other creations capture the authentic and organic appeal of concrete while overcoming its bullying bulk and perceived limitations.
“I create functional and timeless works of art,” he says. Clients choose from countless colors and a broad range of textures, from board-formed to smooth.
Blaine says to expect to see more decorative use of concrete as people become aware of how it can be tailored to suit their wants and needs. That’s an exciting prospect, particularly when in the hands of this innovative pro.
Native Trails Avalon Bathtub, Mountain Land Design, SLC
Norris Table Lamp, Crate & Barrel, Murray
Sterling Silver and OrganiCrete pendant on sterling chain, Sharpewerks, SLC
Wood-topped drum table, Thomasville Home Furnishings, Murray
Leafgrave bench by Currey & Company, Ward & Child—The Garden Store, SLC