Having A Moment: Concrete

Move over driftwood: the design world's latest darling is concrete, and the utilitarian ingredient has quickly become a visual shorthand for cool among independent designers and big box retailers alike. We can't move without bumping into a heavy industrial accent, from Crate and Barrel's indoor-outdoor cement block coffee table, to Austrian designer Katharina Eisenkoeck's fantastic concrete bowls, and have collected our standout finds below. Want in on this stripped-down trend? It's easy: just choose your statement accent (limiting it to one piece per room, to avoid a behind-the-Iron-Curtain effect), and, if need be, soften with a warm color palette and cozy textiles.