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Concrete Geometric Sharing V-Day Love With the LA Food Bank

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I don’t really crush on movie stars {much}, more like designers, chefs and writers- people who are industrious, make things with their hands and are creatively resourceful. You might remember us featuring Concrete Geometric last year at Garden Eats, an LA based co. concepting aesthetic through concrete and of course, a current design crush of mine. While Concrete Geometric might be modest and minimal, the co.’s reputation is not- CG was recently featured at the design show Unique USA, in Southwest Magazine and other countless sites across the web.

I invited Krizia, the gal behind the designs back for a chat and to feature her very cool, new V-Day heart collection. Krizia will generously donate proceeds on her sales of the hearts to the LA Food Bank this season.

Garden Eats: The last time we caught up you were generously donating proceeds from your vase designs to the Nica Foundation in Nicaragua. This season you’re donating sales on your new hearts design to the LA Food Bank. Did you start Concrete Geometric with the intention of being a socially conscious endeavor?

Concrete Geometric: I didn’t start Concrete Geometric with those intentions, they really started out of cubicle work boredom, but I knew when I had a larger following that I wanted to work with charities the way I have in the past with photography.

GE: Why the LA Food Bank this time?

CG: I decided to do the food bank with the hearts because people are either really into V-Day or really anti. I figured it would be a good way to get everybody to share some love by giving back to an organization that is feeding families real food.

GE: Yes to real food! What inspiration from the raw LA landscape shapes your design? Or California in general?

CG: I take a ton of inspiration from running around in the arts district shooting photos actually. I love all things concrete and minimalist.

GE: Why concrete? Do you use upcycled materials?

CG: Concrete was just something I was playing with from looking at DIY stuff online on my lunch breaks at work. I am definitely no expert at it til this day but I find it so interesting to learn how to manipulate such a heavy material. I try to re-use materials as much as possible when it comes to production.

GE: I remember being on a Southwest flight last year seeing your designs posted up on the front cover- I turned to the passenger next to me and literally blurted, “I know that girl!” How do you forge connections & collabs with other designers?

CG: That’s so sweet! I try to be very humble about it. If I look up to somebody who I really admire I will usually email them and let them know I admire their work and would love to send something to them. That’s basically how most of my collabs have begun :).

GE: How do you see design solving problems or filling voids?

CG: I think its all about trial and error. I can’t even begin to list the amounts of concrete, time and money I’ve lost perfecting what I have so far.

GE: I’m obsessed with your concrete pillow, what inspired that design, it’s really unique.

CG: I had been wanting to try the pillow for a while but I had seen other concrete people making it already so I wanted to find a way to make it my “own”. I decided to do the inside as a shape rather than the regular round other people were making.

GE: What’s ahead?

CG: So many things. I am trying to get out of the “planter” category and go more into other things with concrete. Some more artistic that don’t really serve a purpose but are just eye candy and some that will be useful.

GE: Awesome, we love design eye candy- will be cool to see new interpretations. And, thanks for sharing your love with the LA Food Bank bringing real food to the community!

K R I Z I A F L O R E S is the designer and creator of Concrete Geometric. We think her photography is rather striking too- get a view at her VSCO feed.

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C H R I S T I N E Dionese, co-founder of flavor ID and Garden Eats is an integrative health & food therapy specialist, medical & food journalist. She has dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health by harnessing the power of the epigenetic landscape. To balance the more serious side of her work, she loves to concoct, write about and connect people through food & drink. You can check out her latest work at The Chalkboard Magazine, The Fullest and Rochester's Boomtown Table. Christine lives, works and plays between Southern California & Upstate New York.

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