Breeze Blocks

I am all kinds of obsessed with breeze blocks right now. Hollow cement blocks have been commonly used as essential building materials for the load-bearing walls of structures since the 1930s. It wasn’t until the 50s and 60s that they became more decorative and used most often as ornamental screens. They define mid century modern design. I just love that they’ve been making a comeback and can only wish I can incorporate them in my home somehow.

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ethniestory Taroudant ©Romain Ricard

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(images via Architect Prineas, Poppytalk, FvF, Project Ja, Style Files, Casa Vogue, Jonathan Van der KnaapHabitually Chic, Arch Daily & Mid-Century Modern Vancouver Island)

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18 Comments

  1. La Caleya wrote:

    Love that small corners <3

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    5.27.16
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  2. Nancy wrote:

    Lovely–shows how attractive simple materials can be

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  3. Lana wrote:

    Love these images you’ve gathered! One of our local textile designers, Skinny la Minx, has just launched a new range inspired by breeze blocks! Take a look… http://www.houseandleisure.co.za/decor/architectural-textiles/

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  4. Oh, how lovely! <3

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  5. The geometry of these breeze blocks ties in the design of the space so nicely =o)

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  6. That decor is so pretty! I love how it opens up a space to the outside

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    5.28.16
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  7. julie wrote:

    I love this! Gives amazing texture to a building!!

    julie
    http://www.outstyled.com/

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  8. Michelle wrote:

    The light they cast always looks so incredible and remind myself of Eastern Oriental countries. It’s amazing that you can achieve that with those blocks!
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    5.29.16
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  9. Shelley wrote:

    What a nice way to add some pattern to a space. I love how it looks with the light streaming through.
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  10. Alice wrote:

    Lovely. Great idea. A good divider and design.

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  11. Caitlin wrote:

    These are gorgeous! I’ve actually never seen this before but I love the detail it adds!

    xx, Caitlin
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    5.30.16
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  12. Mun wrote:

    I’ve never really appreciate this look but I think I’ve changed my mind…

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  13. Brodie wrote:

    I adore breeze blocks too! Have you seen this house? https://lunchboxarchitect.com/featured/naranga-avenue-house-james-russell-architect/ Not breeze blocks, as such, but the same vibe done on a massive scale!

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  14. this is called real breeze way

    11.17.16
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  15. very beautiful & nice pics collection on this blog.

    12.12.16
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  16. Kriseee wrote:

    Love these but struggling to find any for my home remodel. Any suggestions?

    6.29.17
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  17. Minty wrote:

    Have you visited mintysdesign.com? Its all about breeze-blocks there 🙂 keychains, coasters, t shirts, hats, towels, jewelry. My company is just me here in sunny Palm Springs, CA.

    5.10.18
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