Concrete | Bronze | Wood
This mixed media decorative concrete floor started as a concept for a waterfront home in Sydney, BC. Jenny Martin Design found an image which started early conversations as far as what direction to go. Stone Design proposed a mixed material floor consisting of brass, concrete, bronze and wood. The concrete resembled flowing water in shape and was contained with brass terrazzo divider strips which were bent into place. 6 different types of fish were sculpted out of modelling clay and negative molds were taken from these clay positives. Rubber knockouts were placed onto the prepped floor and fastened into correct orientation. Rapid Set self levelling concrete was poured between the brass divider strips and up to the rubber fish knockouts. Finally the cured self levelling concrete was ground and polished and handed over to the hardwood flooring contractor for a smooth transition.
From concept to reality.
Inspiration comes from many places these days. Planning an installation such as this fish floor was the result of many conversations and brainstorming sessions. The designer then drafted a layout and Stone Design figured out the methodology to achieve the desired aesthetic.
Rubber molds were used as knockouts for the concrete pour and to create the bronze fish that were inlaid in the floor. By using the same molds for both process, a perfect fit was achieved.
Grinding | Polishing
Once the fish knockouts were removed the concrete floor was carefully ground and polished to reveal the glass and bring the floor to height. Careful attention was needed on the edges so the hardwood flooring joined the brass divider strips cleanly.
The bronze fish were then adhered to the floor and grouted into place. Precision templating and the use of rubber molds allowed for a tight fit.