Metal Shop Reclaims Old Cars to Create Unique Furniture

Reclaimed recycled steel Conference table by Weld House

Reuse, recycle has become the mantra for the Weld House Modern Metal Works, a Dallas, Texas-based company specializing in custom fabrication of modern steel furniture and architectural elements.  The Weld House takes junkyard cars and turns them into contemporary coffee tables, conference tables and media centers. Have a particular love for old classic? Weld House will try to source the model and create an original item for you.

Weld House Blue Chevy Coffee Table

How many modern pieces of furniture can boast former lives such as a 1986 Lincoln Towncar or a 1972 Chevy Truck? It takes about 30 years worth of exposure to the elements to create the beautiful patina and patterns. This is what makes each piece a distinct work of art.

azteca lowrider tableAn old lowrider’s custom mural makes a colorful pair of end tables. The artist is unknown but wouldn’t he or she be surprised to see their creation living a second life as living room furniture?

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Transmission Towers Become Human Steel Giants

People Pylons Kjour Highlands Concept
[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false Landset, the Icelandic company that owns and operates all major electricity transmission lines in Iceland presented designers with a challenge, design a new type of transmission tower. The competition’s goal? To obtain new ideas on how to design their 220kV high-voltage towers and lines. The selection committee explains, “The competitors were free to choose whether all the towers would have a new look, particular towers and selected environments would have a new look, or whether the appearance of known types of towers would be altered. In addition, it was left up to the competitors whether the design would blend into the landscape in rural and urban areas, or the tower/towers would stand out as objects. The main goal of the competition was that a new type of tower/towers would emerge, altering the overall appearance of line routes and that towers could be developed further with respect to environmental impact, the electromagnetic field lifetime and cost.”

Land of Giants transmission towers design by Choi+Shine

New England architectural firm Choi+Shine took on this challenge by presenting the committee with a new design concept with roots in the ancient statues of Easter Island. The design requires only minor alterations to the established steel-framed tower design and could be configured to respond to their environment. Dubbed, The Land of Giants™, the  concept is designed to integrate with the surroundings, as well as allow for expression of each individual tower. “The pylon-figures can also be arranged to create a sense of place through deliberate expression. Subtle alterations in the hands and head combined with repositioning of the main body parts in the x, y and z-axis, allow for a rich variety of expressions. The pylon-figures can be placed in pairs, walking in the same direction or opposite directions, glancing at each other as they pass by or kneeling respectively, head bowed at a town” explains the Choi+Shine website.

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Full Blown Metal, Taking Stainless Steel Out of the Kitchen

[tweetmeme source=”@SA_Baxter” only_single=false transforming metal into objects, there are several different approaches one can take. A few like: casting metal, pouring molten metal into a mold or a blacksmith, who uses heat and a hammer to forge metal into shapes are well-known in the industry. But we’ve discovered one you may not have heard of, ‘blown’ metal.

blown metal chair by Stephen Newby

Yes, you read right, blown metal!  But how does one, blow metal? To break down the process in layman terms, weld two pieces of metal together and quite simply, blow air between the two sheets. The metal is heated, of course, and it takes a trained metal worker to know just when to manipulate the metal so don’t try this at home! But the end result is both unique and whimsical.

Coffee Table Blown Steel Pillow Base by Stephen Newby

British artist/designer Stephen Newby has taken that which is most often thought of as hard and cold and turned it into something instantly recognizable to most as comfy and cozy. Known as Full Blown Metals, Stephen Newby aims, “to soften and bring an organic, tactile quality clinically modern materials… and in doing so giving these materials a soul.” His pieces range from stainless steel chairs to modern coffee tables, screens and fabulous puffy sculptures. His work is so unique, it’s turned more than one head, for a second glance.

blown metal pillow room divider by Stephen Newby

To learn more about the process of blowing metal check out this article on Science Daily, Architectural Design: Blowing Metal to Create Chairs and More. Photos courtesy of Full Blown Metal.