Art doesn’t always have to hang on a wall or sit on a shelf. It can tell time, block the afternoon sun, keep you warm or serve pupu for a party. Meet 10 Island artisans who create stunning, functional pieces for the home.
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Concreations, concrete countertops
Most people think of using concrete for sidewalks. But for John Foley, it also makes a tasteful, durable countertop. “In building my own house I decided to do concrete counters, something I’ve been wanting to do for years and years,” says Foley. After designing red kitchen countertops and blue ones in his bathrooms in his Kailua home, he decided to expand his company, John Foley Construction, by founding Concreations, which makes custom concrete countertops (starting at $100 per square foot).
“I’m a concrete geek,” he laughs. “The more I work with it, the more I appreciate it.” Foley is able to match virtually any paint color by mixing pigment into the concrete. He then pours the concrete into custom plywood or Plexiglas molds on top of the counters, often placing inlays, such as shells, colorful tiles or even semiprecious gemstones.
“Every time I do a piece and try something new, it opens up new possibilities,” he says. 1397 Nanialii St., Kailua, 754-7223, www.concreationshawaii.com.