November 28, 2016
Recycling and upcycling may be all the rage, but these products often end up looking haphazard and artisanal. Not so with young designer Thomas Ballouhey, who mastered a clever production technique which breathes new life into seemingly random objects.
The designer has devised a unique process using a customised sandblaster to spray a mixture of glue and sand onto compositions made from manufacturing leftovers and other scrap materials. This homogeneous coating not only makes the objects look unified instead of disjointed but also creates a distinctly industrial finish, imparting a beautiful sculptural quality to disused objects.
Thomas Ballouhey is a graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven and Ways of Altering is part of his graduation project.
Furniture with an industrial touch looks great in contemporary design schemes. The Chubby Chic armchair from Diesel Living features a belt which looks almost as if it had been upcycled. We also like the Bordbar airplane trolley and the Rememberme table from Casamania. The latter is made of recycled jeans and clothing.
Concrete is the material of choice for industrial style interiors and it works surprisingly well in lighting. Try the Material pendant from New Works, the Concrete Floor Lamp from Lyon Beton and the JWDA concrete table lamp from Menu.
The Pipework candlesticks from Nick Fraser are made from metal pipes and look absolutely wonderful. We also like the Hang On wall hanger from Normann Copenhagen, which is based on coat hangers. Or what about the Smokestack fireplace from Frederik Roije for something distinctly industrial?
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
December 15, 2020
American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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