At this year’s design fairs concrete is the big thing. Many of us consider concrete to be ugly and boring. It is cheap, strong and versatile which is why you can see it everywhere, but this year it is also fashionable. Many designers use concrete where we do not normally find it, to create interesting furniture, beautiful sculptures and interior design projects. When we think of the materials used in iconic designs we often imagine glass, shiny metals and natural wood, but is concrete also aesthetically pleasing? Many designers use concrete to create lighting that has a fashionably industrial appearance. It is, of course, a question of personal taste, but from a maintenance point of view: shiny things need to be cleaned to stay shiny! Concrete is dull, but at least we don’t have to polish it. What do you think about the concrete inside the National Theatre?