Michael Bustin is entranced by his flexible, design-driven solution for all kinds of interiors.
“It’s an alluring, addictive material,” Bustin said of the cement-based eco-composites and products he makes. “I can create anything – from warm and silky smooth, to rough and raw, to highly polished.”
He learned about concrete design from Buddy Rhodes, the Californian who pioneered the concept two decades ago. Bustin was national director of sales for Rhodes, travelling the nation to preach the gospel of adding color to concrete for countertops, seating and sculptures. Now he and his brother are partners in Raleigh-based Meld USA.
One of his firm’s newest and most sustainable products is called ecoX. It’s made of up to 70 percent post-industrial recycled material, and offers potential LEED credits in two categories – MR4 and MR5 – and helps divert waste from landfills too. He markets it as an ecologically sound alternative to stone countertops.
But it’s the creative process that Bustin revels in every day. “It’s very fluid,” he said. “There’s a lot of design flexibility – I can make anything from a bathroom tile to a door.”
It’s passion like that in 2012 led to Meld USA’s acquisition by Landscape Forms.
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