The premise: to meet new needs using IKEA products in a unconventional way, spending less than €50
BRÜT is a stool and barbecue for outdoors made of a lightweight mix of concrete and coconut husk. Using an IKEA BURSJÖN plastic container as a mold for concrete casting, the possibility to replicate the design is easy and economic.
Combining cement with coconut husk, also available at IKEA stores, the weight of the piece is lighter than regular concrete. Compression and the use of a fibrous material provides reinforcement and strength to the composite.
At the same time, the material is sustainable, being the coconut coir an agricultural waste. The use of white or grey Portland cement results in different colors of the surface.
The core of the piece contains Styrofoam in order to save material and make it light enough to be lifted by the user.
photos by Roberto Niño Betancourt