Posts Tagged ‘ steel ’

Screw Art, 3D Portraits by Andrew Myers


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Andrew Myers’ screw art is made from thousands of a very lifeless object, a screw. Yet, he creates distinctively unique and realistic pieces, mostly portraits, by combining oil paint and the right use of shadows. It is amazing how something as warm and soft as the human flesh is depicted using the cold, hard, and sharp medium of steel screws. This creation of life from metal is almost beyond belief.

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San Francisco Loft by Lineoffice Architecture


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The aim of this project was to meet the functionally separate domestic requirements of the owner in a space that would feel completely open and uninterrupted. After the existing space was cleared two programmed sculptural elements were inserted into this multi-sided ‘spine’ that moves from one end of the loft to the other and  also a solid form that contains the necessarily enclosed bath and laundry areas. The spine houses everyday domestic components like storage, dresser drawers, kitchen cabinets, etc., while navigating the subtle boundaries between the entry, sleeping, kitchen and main living areas. The solid form is carved away using steel and walnut doors and panels to reveal points of access to the bath and laundry room. These impressions on the otherwise blank plaster walls of the solid echo the materials and proportions of the more articulated spine. The material character of these elements like blackened steel, painted and walnut veneered casework, black granite and translucent glazing was selected to complement and showcase the existing doug-fir columns, beams and ceiling without overpowering the space.

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Ziiiro Eclipse Watch


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While the brand has always specialized in minimalistic timepieces, this thing takes things to new heights. As the name would suggest, the watch’s design was inspired by  a solar eclipse. The watch’s durable stainless steel face features an all black dial with a luminous circle equipped with two tiny hands that display both the minutes and hours. It glows in the dark, meaning you never need to fumble for  a phone in the theater trying to tell the time, and it’s high quality silicone rubber constructed strap was built to last. It also comes in your choice of either Black, Grey or Snow color ways.

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The Stash Stainless – Stainless Steel Bass Guitar


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The Stash Stainless is the only bass guitar that is made from stainless steel with unified frets and a tubular neck design. Each piece of the guitar has been custom crafted and hand assembled by the designer, Stan Potyrala. The design is not only distinct, sleek and modern, but the unique tubular neck presents the fingers of the musician to a parallel array of strings around a circular radius. This allows access of the fingers to each string in a more natural and comfortable way. This design can ease the muscle stress that a flat surface can cause to the fingers, hands and wrist. The composition of the entire instrument (body, neck, bridge and strings) are of the same metal – having one coefficient of thermal expansion. This eliminates relative dimension changes as a result of extreme temperature shifts. This means your bass will stay in tune much longer than conventional basses. The design improves stiffness, mechanical and environmental stability, sound quality, tuning and mechanical accuracy.

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Saint-Tropez Private Estate


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Located amongst the lush shrubs and trees in Saint-Tropez, France, this contemporary private home stands in direct contrast to its natural surroundings, constructed from a combination of glass, raw concrete, and steel. Each level is reminiscent of an open pavilion, with the boundaries to the outdoors broken down by sliding floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Inside, the layout has been kept as open plan as possible, with a large lounge and kitchen/dining area lending itself perfectly to simple Mediterranean meals. Direct access to the large roof terrance is also available from the lounge area, from which you can see an additional shipping container-style guesthouse in the grounds.

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Stunning Sculptures by Regardt van der Meulen


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These stunning sculptures by Johannesburg-based artist Regardt van der Meulen. The following sculptures made from steel are called “Drip”, “Deconstructed”. And the newest one is “Ballerina”. Sculptor says: “The human body with its strength and fragility lie at the core of this series of works, while exposing the illusion of safety in modern society.”

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House Tati with dramatic views, Johannesburg


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Johannesburg-based architectural practice Nico van der Meulen Architects have completed the House Tati project, a contemporary five-storey home that was finished in 2011, and can be found in Bassonia, Johannesburg, South Africa. The luxury South African property was redesigned and ingeniously transformed into a contemporary home. The building is located on a very steep and narrow site with 180° views to the east, which allowed the architectural design to take advantage of the spectacular views, but acted as a challenge when the architects wanted to add habitable space. The contemporary makeover was given to the entire building: from the street to the east façade one can enjoy the modern feel thanks to the use of concrete, steel and glass.

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Sun control became key element of the design and the main architectural feature, since the building is mostly facing east. The northern and western façades are screened by the use of vertical louvres to allow sun control and degrees of privacy from adjacent properties. Northern sunlight enters the interiors through new double-volume glazing in the main staircase shaft, while pipe pendant lights from renowned designer Tom Dixon add a touch of luxury and visually connect the volume with the staircase below. The entertainment area and the children rooms are situated one floor lower, at the 3rd level. Here there is a private TV home theatre, a covered terrace with the pool deck, and the main suite on a mezzanine level. Finally, on the ground floor one finds a gym, home spa, hobby room and the squash court as well as a wine cellar and tasting room. The architectural style is complemented by the contemporary interior design, which was developed taking into account the ambience of a city pad with the main focus turned to the views.

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Rain Shield


Imagine getting soaked by a car-splash, on your way to work or an important meeting. The Rain Shield offers a shield-like umbrella and is crafted with a single curved steel wire and a telescopic rod. It has no pointed ends or sharp edges, and it won’t blow inside out in windy conditions.  Designer Liu Li-Hsiang demonstrates how this umbrella easily folds and compresses into a 180-millimetre-diameter disc that can be stored in a bag. Have a look at the video and judge for yourself. Designers were Lin Min-Wei & Liu Li-Hsiang.

RJ-Romain Jerome’s First Art-DNA Timepiece


 

RJ-Romain Jerome has launched its first contemporary art timepiece under the Art-DNA banner, collaborating with Swiss artist John M Armleder. These Art-DNA pieces are made of polished steel. The skull motif applique is raised and serves to decorate the hammered, polished dial. The skull motif, already featured in mural paintings by Armleder, is said to be inspired by Amerindian culture. The underside of the applique is lacquered with a colour revealed by a subtle play of shimmering reflections on the dial. Each piece is a different colour. The back of the watch is numbered and bears an engraved medallion with the artist’s signature.