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05-08-2012 09:33 PM

It’s a barebones design, really somewhat like stacked tansu boxes. It is symmetrical, about 7 ft. high and 10 ft. wide. There will be doors only where necessary, with an open section in the center for a flatscreen.

The client inquired about some metal details, and all I’ve come up with is an actual metal or metal skinned toe kick. Beyond that, I’m blank.

I’m seeing the metal in the black or silver color family somewhere. The house is on the dark side, 70’s ranch.

The client might go for whimsy.

Bear in mind that there are metal plastic laminate designs, and that could be all or part of the concept.

I’m truly asking for brainstorming here—it doesn’t have to be a fleshed out idea or real specific, just some words that will weave together into some kind of fabric that will make sense.

Thank you for putting your creative juices on this.

Kindly,

Lee

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#1 posted 05-08-2012 09:44 PM

You could inlay some narrow brass on the edges.

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#2 posted 05-08-2012 09:44 PM

Metal or metalic formica paneled doors

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#3 posted 05-08-2012 09:46 PM

You could borrow ideas from campaign furniture they have a lot of exposed brass reinforcements.

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#4 posted 05-08-2012 09:54 PM

You could use metal to look like it’s for joint reinforcement. Aluminum is fairly cheap and workable if brass is out of the question and you’re looking to do inlays or just visual pieces. It is also easy to finish several different ways.

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#5 posted 05-08-2012 10:01 PM

At the big box stores they’ve lately got an array of aluminum balusters for use in stair cases, mostly outside I think. They are black and grey. you might consider some of those?

There’s also gold leaf paint

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 10:07 PM

You could combine wood and chrome or wood and aluminum. Some coffee tables are being made with this method.
Just my thoughts. !

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 10:21 PM

70’s house as in Modern? Or 70s as in cheesy? I’d look at some of the stuff Charles and Ray Eames did or George Nelson for Herman Miller and Knolls. You could even incorporate some primary color into it.

http://store.hermanmiller.com/Products/Nelson-Basic-Cabinet-Series-Medium-Bookcase-24X34

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 10:41 PM

Horizontal bands of metal recessed below the tops or in the edge of the tops always looks good.
Accents of metal in the top molding is also effective. U channels, integrated metal door pulls along the door edges.

Aluminum bar and angle stock is easy to work with woodworking tools. You could add aluminum inlays to door panels fairly easily, or aluminum reveals between doors.

I’ve also seen copper door panels that have designs burnished on them, similar to leatherworking patterns.
A local artisan does them in Phoenix. Not sure hat options you have in Oregan.

I’ve also used metal grating and brass wire mesh in door panels. There is another guy who can cnc plasma cut sheet metals up to 1/4” thick to any AutoCAD designed graphic file I give him.
Metal standoffs, glass accents on metal standoffs.

There’s lots and lots of options – the list goes on.
Now, it’s time for some creative vision… Have fun!

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 10:43 PM

You could also consider euro-style aluminum framed frosted glass panel accent doors – they’re not that expensive.

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 10:44 PM

Thanks, and don’t stop now.

Notes to keep you current: I asked for black or silver. Gold or brass is not on the table.

70’s ranch One step above a dingbat. There’s really no style there to emulate or incorporate. In fact, it’s the absence of style that makes it a bit drear. This metal stuff could really bump it up.

Canadianchips really nailed the concept, but I think it will have a solid toe kick for ease of cleaning. And there will be a bridge across the top with small cubbies for the artsy stuff.

Doss, or anyone, where would you go with the “joint reinforcement” notion?

Thanks hugely.

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#11 posted 05-08-2012 10:54 PM

Lee – Chemetal has an amazing array of metal laminates that can really spark some great ideas.

http://www.chemetal.com/?gclid=CIrknIbk8a8CFQgJRQodPkesVw

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#12 posted 05-08-2012 10:56 PM

“some kind of fabric”

Speaker enclosures? Could just be removable grills to hide the speakers – lot’s of funky cloth that has metallic thread in it.

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#13 posted 05-08-2012 10:59 PM

I meant fabric in the metaphorical sense; several ideas woven together to make an integrated whole.

L.

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#14 posted 05-08-2012 11:02 PM

I know what you meant, but it triggered the other kind.

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#15 posted 05-08-2012 11:12 PM

You could do a triglyph and metope design under the top and maybe the long middle shelf though that may be a bit much, have the metope sections be made of nickle-silver which is about the price of brass and can be bought in small sheets. Could then do a small piller effect to some of the uprights that could use metal or inlay some of the uprights as someone else suggested.

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