Sochi Games Olympic Medals…The Use of Metals from Out of This World…Literally

All frosty international politics aside, these Olympic Medals for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games are otherworldly.

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Aside from the exquisite detail and color, what makes these olympic medals so special is the use of meteorite fragments.  You may recall the bright blazing footage of the Chelyabinsk meteorite blast from earlier this year – fragments of that meteorite were collected and will be fabricated into these gold and chondrite discs.

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To say these medals may be the most unusual Olympic metal handed out in history may be quite and understatement!

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Coming Soon to the New York Design Center…12th Floor Door Hardware!

For the past several weeks SA Baxter has been working hand in hand with fellow NYDC 12th floor showrooms to furnish their doors with SA Baxter hardware. Each showroom has decided on a specific door pull they feel best compliments their aesthetic. Each has also selected one of our select finishes to complete the project. Are you ready to see what has been chosen?!

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Profiles: www.profilesny.com

Profiles selected our Modern Ball Suite, which is a stunning take on a traditional form. The Bauhaus inspiration makes a bold statement in any room, and in the Dark Antique Bronze finish selected (Polished Nickel shown below), the door pull compliments all of the intricate details and antiques Profiles displays. Profiles provides the finest in custom upholstery and furnishings-both in wood and metal. They include antiques from Sweden to the Far East in their collection, while their workrooms in Europe and the United States specialize in craftsmanship and attention to detail.

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Denis Miller Associateswww.dennismiller.com

Dennis Miller is a manufacturer and distributor of fine contemporary furniture, lighting and carpets. Dedicated to providing trend-setting designs created by the best of today’s designers as well as classic twentieth century designs, they selected the door pull from our Rustic Bump Suite. The high Polished Nickel finish provides an interesting twist for contemporary homes. Dennis Miller fell in love with the profile of the door pull – important, as their floor to ceiling glass doors remain open daily. The high polished shine mixed with the matte patina in the background creates desirable texture and a multi-dimensional look, which marries Dennis Miller’s trendy and classic aesthetic.

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Stephanie Odegard Collections: www.stephanieodegard.com

The selection of our Spiral Themed Suite, which mixes clean lines and artful patterns, complements the detailed products displayed at Stephanie Odegard. A Burnished Brass finish completes the look, adding subtly to details, allowing the craftsman ship of Stephanie Odegard designs to shine. “Seeking to preserve rare and artistic traditions from around the world, Stephanie Odegard has developed a collection of hand-made rugs, furniture, lighting, decorative accessories and architectural elements for remarkable interiors. Committed to ensuring the longevity of these industries while maintaining respect for cultural expression and promoting environmental and social responsibility, Stephanie has spent years forging relationships with skilled artisans with the intent of exploring modern designs using traditional disciplines”. (Polished Nickel finish shown)

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Stay tuned…installation will be in the works for this Fall!

Stunning Silversmithing…The Works of Hamish Dobbie

The young Metal Artist and Jewelry Designer, Hamish Dobbie, has certainly made a splash in the world of metal sculpture.

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We are enamored with the aesthetic of this collection, and impressed with the use of 3D CAD and 3D printing technologies.  The combination of digital fabrication and delicate hand-chasing, is something we can most definitely relate to.

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The intersection of 3D CAD modeling tools and traditional sculpture mediums has allowed artists to literally warp and replicate forms – which are typically straight and prismatic.  Here’s an excellent example, titled Fingals’ Goblet:

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Bravo!

Checkmate…SA Baxter Displays Hardware @ artMRKT Hamptons

We were honored to sponsor this past weekend’s artMRKT Hamptons, which took place on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society.  The event kicked off on Thursday with an incredible party.

Our hardware was displayed as a Chess set, with our pieces finished in polished nickel and dark antique bronze.

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PHOTO CREDIT: ROZALIA JOVANOVIC

The creative display extended beyond the incredible artwork, to include ABSOLUT’s team:

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PHOTO CREDIT: OLIVER PETERSON

Kudos to the Artists, Organizers, and guests.!

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PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD LEWIN

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PHOTO CREDIT: OLIVER PETERSON

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PHOTO CREDIT: OLIVER PETERSON

SA Baxter Sponsors artMRKT Hamptons This Weekend! July 11th – 14th

We are excited to be sponsoring  this year’s artMRKT Hamptons event.  The event will be held on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society, July 11th – 14th.


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The event kicks off on Thursday, July 11th, with an opening night Preview Reception at 6PM, followed by an opening night party, curated and hosted by Norwood.

We will be showcasing our hardware in the LUXE Magazine VIP area.  Our collection will be displayed with an interesting twist.  We would love for you to stop by and interact with our door and cabinet hardware pieces.

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The weather is shaping up to be beautiful – so please come out to support modern art, and the Parrish Art Museum!

www.art-mrkt.com/hamptons/

www.bridgehamptonhistoricalsociety.org

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We Agree…An American Manufacturing Renaissance

It goes without saying that we at SA Baxter are unequivocally proud of our American-based manufacturing heritage.  We are also proud to be part of a new American Manufacturing Resurgence.  A number of Articles and Analysts have cited the potential shift in ‘Made in the USA’ advantages: abundant fuel sources, improvements in productivity, and challenges with outsourcing issues such as rising shipping costs and increasing Chinese wages.

(Scroll down further for links to related articles.)

SA Baxter was founded as an American based manufacturer, on the principles of superior craftsmanship, and maximization of green sustainable practices – which made New York’s Hudson Valley the natural choice for our Foundry and Atelier.

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Another facet of this new fabrication enthusiasm: We’re also excited to see so many gutsy Innovators in the US, taking advantage of access to digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing and laser-cutting.  The rise of crowd-sourced funding such as Kickstarter is fueling even more USA-based ‘get it done’ fervor.  Things are really starting to get interesting…

References:

http://business.time.com/2013/04/11/how-made-in-the-usa-is-making-a-comeback/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bmoharrisbank/2012/12/13/is-manufacturing-making-a-comeback-in-the-us/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/05/01/is-u-s-manufacturing-set-for-a-comeback-or-is-it-all-hype/

Friday Foundry Walkabout…

As usual, things are busy-busy at the Factory!  Machines are humming and metal is pouring!  Here are few quick shots of works in progress, samples, and other goodies!

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