Concrete faux bois is a traditional art form that flourished 150 years ago. Faux bois means “false wood” in French. In 1849, French inventor and gardener Joseph Monier figured out that cement could be sculpted and shaped with the help of steel reinforcement. He shared his discovery with the world, inspiring artisans to create whimsical nature-inspired furniture such as; garden benches, tables, planters, bridges, grottos, and trellises. Unfortunately, this art form and many of its techniques were forgotten as the early 20th century grew fascinated with geometric shapes and the machine aesthetic of the Art Deco period.