ABOUT MOD CONCRETE
ABOUT OUR ARTISANS
ABOUT MODERN CONCRETE
MODERN CONCRETE IS A DIVERSE CREATIVE STUDIO THAT DESIGNS AND HAND-CRAFTS INTERIOR & EXTERIOR ARCHITECTURE ELEMENTS.
We proudly serve the Gold Coast of Florida (Miami, West Palm Beach & Ft Lauderdale) and beyond. Including Key West, Key Largo, Orlando, Naples and so many more.
We dedicate ourselves to creating the highest quality pieces that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. We work with discerning clients who trust and value our expertise and rely on our experience to create beautiful and timeless works of art.
The beauty of concrete is in the essence of concrete. Concrete wants to be just that, concrete. Created in the moment for that moment in time only. Never to be repeated in exactly the same manner. Each piece is unique and contains a truth within itself. It is perfect, yet at the same time imperfect. It has flaws, voids, color and texture variations, all within the same piece. These textures and perfect imperfections are what make concrete so aesthetically pleasing and authentic.
Through our unique process, using the latest design mix & sealing procedure in the industry, we strive for perfection. Merging form and function together in each piece. At the same time, being ecologically conscience in our methods. Whether it’s a kitchen countertop, fire table or unique 3D wall tile, we guarantee the highest quality work.
BORN AND RAISED IN NEW ENGLAND, James grew up using his hands to create and hone in on his own personal style of traditional woodworking. Beginning with home framing, he was inspired to think outside the box and ultimately turned to concrete. And with concrete being the foundation of our homes, it too, became the base for his work.
Traditionally, James trained at the Windsor Institute, where he worked training in the art of Hand Made Windsor chairs. He also trained alongside Donald Dunlap, a sixth generation cabinet maker from Antrim New Hampshire, shaping his unique style. While James grew in traditional wood working, he grew to love the simplicity of modern design, pieces and the minimalist style. And says there are infinite possibilities when creating for your personal taste. That’s when James found his love for concrete. He was working on a custom deck for a high-end landscape contractor in Newton, Massachusetts, when the concept of a concrete countertop grill station arose. That’s when he discovered the incredible beauty, function and allowable creativity that concrete allows.
He started learning everything he could about finished architectural concrete. He read Concrete Countertops by Fu-Tung Chen, Making Concrete Countertops by Buddy Rhodes. Trained at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School with “wet cast “, Concrete Design School where he learned about fabric forming and worked with several other well-known concrete artisans and attended several specialty training courses.
Since his “discovery” of concrete, James, along with his family, relocated to the sunny South East Coast of Florida to follow his dream and passion. Now with a 4000 sf studio and shop in West Palm Beach, FL., he has worked with concrete to produce everything from incredible 3D wall tiling to a replica of Star Wars’ Millennium Flacon. From bathroom sinks & vanities, kitchen countertops and lighting to tables and chairs.
In the beginning of their move to Florida his wife served and taught at their children’s school (Trinity Christian School of the Palm Beaches) in the preschool grades. At night and on the weekends she assisted with completing pieces, design and many other various duties that started to become overwhelming for a sole Artisan. Last summer my Kelly joined their family business full time and is now part of the major driving force in the Studios success. As James points out – “She has been an incredible asset to not only our business from a studio standpoint but more importantly for our clients. Her insight and artistic eye and style has been invaluable for every project. Along with her passion to create new ways of doing things, to her intuitive design ideas and just plain Yankee work ethic, she has helped us continue to grow and inspire and more importantly, continue to grow as a true family business.”
The partnership and work has allowed them to develop incredible trade relationships & friendships and truly bless others through their passion. Certain projects have forced them to think outside the proverbial box not only in design but in mold making, material choices and even delivery and install. Kelly puts it this way – “Over the last 7 years we’ve gained incredible knowledge both through training & doing, continued education and through client feedback. It’s inspired us to grow as artisans and as the individuals God has created us to be. Through our passion for fine craftsmanship and skill and our client’s vision we are happy to undertake anything they –YOU- can imagine.”