Unique interior design idea: Metal Chairs

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Metal chair by Ron Arad

Metal chair design

While visiting the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, we came across a brilliantly designed metal chair in the shape of an overstuffed armchair, and quickly became more of a fan of architect and designer, Ron Arad (if that’s even possible!). His designs are always playful and artistic, showcasing brilliantly innovative metal work. The sinuous forms of these overstuffed, comfy looking chairs are juxtaposed and ironic by the use of metal. Made from a single sheet of steel, Arad cut and pressed it into a bulging form of concave and convex contours that are sure show-stoppers.

Ron Arad metal rocking chair

A Metal Rocking Chair

Did you know?

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DOn average, a large department store’s doors opens and closes 5,000 times a day? That’s 1,825,000, or the entire population of Budapest, a year? Although we may not realize it, our interactions with doors and entrance hardware occur more frequently than we may realize. In any space, doorknobs and pulls are the most touched element — yes, even more than the remote control in your home — and many times the first impression that one has of a building or home is heavily influenced by the appearance of the entrance doors. Following is a list of the average number of times a door opens and closes by building type.

Large Department Store Entrance: 5,000/day; 1,825,000/annually

Large Office Building Entrance: 4,000/day; 1,460,000/annually

School Entrance: 1,250/day; 225,000/annually

School Corridor: 100/day; 36,5000/annually

Office Building Corridor: 80/day; 29,200/annually

Residential Entrance: 30/day; 10,950/annually

Residential Interior: 20/day; 7,300/annually

Designers Dress Up for a Good Cause at the NYDC Masquerade Ball 2010

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DThe design community showed its true talent last night at NYDC’s 5th Annual Masquerade Ball. Creative costumes, good food and a packed dance floor were just some of the highlights of the evening.  SA Baxter was proud to be a platinum sponsor of the event to benefit Alpha Workshops, the only not-for-profit organization in the country that trains and employs people living with HIV/AIDS in the decorative arts. We thought we would share just  few of the clever costume our designer friends wore.

Degas Ballerina Girl Costumes at NYDC Masquerade Ball 2010The Degas Ballerinas were lovely dancing around in their pink tutus!

Elle Decor staff dressed as kids from television show GleeThe Elle Decor staff came dressed as the kids from Glee. They were on the dance floor all night!

Handmade Lamp Shade Costumes at NYDC Masquerade Ball 2010These folks decided to bring their work with them! These hats had a lot of detail and were a hit with the crowd.

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At Chelsea Market the architectural details dominate

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Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market's Great Hall

Chelsea Market is a discrete architectural gem that’s tucked away on the corner of 15th Street and 9th Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. An enclosed, urban food court, Chelsea Market is best known as a true shopping experience for those with sophisticated palettes to indulge in gourmet delicacies, delectable pastries, and enough cooking ingredients to make Daniel Boulud or Paul Bocuse feel right at home. Once a factory that made Oreo cookies, Chelsea Market is now alive with the buzz of busy shoppers strolling through the postindustrial corridors that have been meticulously festooned with the architectural details and metalwork of a lost industrial culture not often seen in contemporary spaces.

Entrance hardware

Entrance hardware: custom door pulls


Door pulls

Entrance hardware at Chelsea Market: reverse side of custom door pulls

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Hardware History-Colonial America

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DWhen we think about hardware, one just assumes it’s been around forever. But did you know that in early Colonial America most hardware was made of wood? It’s true! Metal hardware had to be imported from Europe which was very expensive. Without raw materials available, colonists utilized the most plentiful resource they had at the time, wood. A major discovery of iron deposits in the Connecticut Valley in the early 1700’s would change all that. With raw material now readily available to them, New England blacksmiths were able to create simple, more effective thumb latches and hinges made of wrought iron, thus beginning the long tradition of American made hardware.

A Look Inside Metal Sculptor Bruce Gray’s Studio

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DMetal Sculptor Bruce Gray’s giant Big Cheese and High Heel sculptures have made him a more recognized artist in recent years, but those works pale in comparison to his wide variety of metal art. His work has appeared in museums, private collections and corporations all over the world. He also creates found object sculptures. In this video you can take visit to his studio where we get a look at his menagerie of eclectic projects,including his life-size motorcycle sculpture made from old train parts.

Things to Consider When Using Vintage Hardware

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5DWhether restoring a period home or just replacing your own home’s hardware, there are plus and minuses to choosing antique hardware over modern reproductions. The most obvious benefit of using antique hardware is the authenticity it brings to your old home or treasured family heirloom. Period homes can be brought back to their original splendor by incorporating antique hardware into the home’s decor.

This complete vintage door set is a rare find from Historic Houseparts.

As elegant as antique hardware is, there are downsides to acquiring it.  As with most antiques, old hardware can be hard to come by! Antique hardware suppliers glean auctions, home demolitions and estate sales to find the most unique pieces. Most of the time the hardware requires some restoration.  After over one hundred years of use, an old lock needs a little tender loving care to get back to its original working order! Parts may be missing or need replaced, and finding complete door sets can be a real challenge. Antique hardware suppliers work very hard finding and restoring each piece for resale.  And finding enough hardware of the same look and period to outfit your entire home could not only become quite a chore, but can also be very expensive. If this is not an issue,  you can certainly work with a supplier to search for the pieces you need. However, if you are looking to replace all of the hardware in your home, you might consider using modern architectural hardware with a traditional design instead. Continue reading