I was called to visit a single male’s flat for a design consultation. The place was strangely decorated, but nonetheless intriguing. The first things that struck me were some very creative furniture pieces made of various steel and metals. A marvelous glass top coffee table with the base made from a huge metal wheel of a truck was the living room center piece. As I was getting familiar with the flat’s lay-out, I discovered more abstract and out of the ordinary items: a coat hanger shaped into a metal tree made of nuts and bolts, a bookshelf made of brushed stainless steel with blue glass panels and many smaller objects scattered around.
I was curious about the discovery unfolding before my eyes. I thought the interior was typical of a single man, loaded with grey and black colors, linear shapes and glass mixed with cold material. Later, I learned the man who became my client was in the metals scrap business and used his craft ability to shape unattractive metals into submission. He created something unusual every time, changing things into imaginative objects. You see, things don’t have to stay the way they were born.
As the project in the flat evolved, he asked me to decorate the bedroom into a jungle scene, in fact I surnamed him Tarzan (get it? A single man in jungle style bedroom…..), I was waiting for him to ask for some lianas hanging from the ceiling, instead he required a stainless steel W.C. .
It wasn’t hard to find this “piece of art” , I guess there are enough prisons around, but when it was installed, I wanted to pull my hair out!!! Pardon the picture, but it was necessary for this post. Often I keep my clients happy in their wishes, but when the requests are absurd I end up not taking any photos of the project. Look at some of the findings in my video and think what you can do with your nuts and bolts. It is even possible to create striking custom jewelry.
Images in the video:
Chess game with nuts and bolts found on: imgur.com
Metal spiral chandelier – schproket lighting system by christopher moulder
Metal flowers made with valves – https://www.etsy.com/listing/69817164/texas-prairie-home-decor-metal-vase
Bath valve made into bird feeder – http://www.robomargo.com/store.html
If you have challenges with any material ask me, l shall be glad to help you. Ciao,
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Valentina Cirasola transforms and creates spaces realizing people’s dreams in homes, offices, interiors and exteriors. She infuses your everyday living with a certain luxury without taking away a comfortable living. She offers design consultations on-line through Skype and the traditional in-house consultations, helping people with their design challenges anywhere in the world. She is the author of three books, all-available on