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Steel Truss and Beam Tables by Brandner Design

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Steel Truss and Beam Tables by Brandner Design

Truss Desk   with Oak top

Truss Desk with Oak top

I stumbled upon these tables from Brandner Design and was immediately blown away.  The company creates furniture incorporating structural elements including trusses, beams, and reclaimed materials.  I especially love their tables which elegantly blend the industrial with contemporary style.  Brandner also accepts custom orders.  So, I would love to adapt the above “Great Northern” Console table for a desk in my office.  I am thinking walnut slab top with same base.   The following are some of my other favorites.

Renaissance Console Table

Renaissance Console Table

Turnbuckle Rail Car Dining or Conference Table Base (adjustable height) - Just awesome!

Images from Brandner Design

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Room Dividers by Vital Steel NYC

Vital Steel NYC is a design studio formed by Benno Schoberth, a Film Editor and Robbin Brosterman, a Design Director. The couple initially created the single panel “apartment jewel” to enhance their own small studio  in Manhattan.  Vital Steel offers modern steel and hand-blown glass room dividers & screens. Their collection elegantly unites Mid-century modern with Art Deco.  ANDRA, pictured above, is a graceful three panel free-standing room divider.  And UNA is a uniquely adaptable one panel laser cut divider which appears in the picture below in their New York apartment.  Check out the Vital Steel website for more info and pricing by clicking here.


IMAGE CREDITS: Image 1 courtesy of Vital Steel NYC, Image two by Susan Farley for The New York Times

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John Beck Paper & Steel

John Beck, owner of John Beck Paper & Steel, is a humble craftsman based out of  Edwardsville, IL.  Beck has channeled his passion for welding and working with his hands into a successful business.  He is doing what he loves and I must say that I am loving what he is doing.   Here are some stand out stars from his work.


ANTI-TRUNK (pictured above) 1/8” steel sheet construction, hand painted, distressed and waxed. You can choose the number.

LIMITED EDITION TABLE Sheet Steel Construction, Solid Wood Core

DESK 3 Steel tube frame with glass top

ADJUSTABLE SHELVING UNIT Steel frame w/ adjustable steel shelves


ADAM ISLAND Steel sheet top, under counter storage with built in cutting board and knife storage


LIGHT ONE & MINI LIGHT ONE Steel tube / with wire mesh shade / 30W Edison style bulb

GREEN DEPOT CHALKBOARD PENDANT This steel sheet lamp shade can be written on to send a message.

Custom Projects John Beck will do just about anything custom including exhibits, signage, work stations,  furniture, and lighting.  At Treo Salon, JBPS designed the monolithic bar with backlit logo, pendant fixture, as well as the cutting station in the rear.

Transformations The team at JBPS also transforms vintage finds into functional furniture.  The stunning table above was created using steel frame, reclaim wood drawers turned, and glass top.

Sliding Doors 2” steel frame, sheet steel insert panels.  Includes hanging track and wheels.

IMAGES FROM John Beck Paper & Steel



Furniture Therapy

The Do Hit Chair by Marijn van der Poll is aggression meets customization in design. You basically bang the heck out of a sheet metal cube with a sledge hammer to create your own custom chair. While I can't imagine that this is a pleasant and comfortable seating experience, I can certainly see the benefits of banging something vigorously.   I say maybe you sit on it or maybe not but it might not hurt to have something around that you can use for stress relief.  Available from Droog

Other pieces from Droog that caught my eye.  I will have to stop in to New York store next time I am in town.

Godogan Table by Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe

Knotted Chair by Marcel Wanders

Chest of Drawers by Tejo Remy

Mat Walk Bathroom Mat by Paolo Ulian

Thonik Retrospective Wool Rug by Thonik

IMAGE CREDITS: Image 1 from Incredible Things, Other Images from Droog



Ode to Jean Prouvé

jeanprouve French engineer and designer, Jean Prouvé (1901 - 1984) considered both form and function in creating his now iconic furnishings. Recently his work has gained popularity among collectors and retailers such as Vitra and Design Within Reach.  His designs have a striking industrial feel often pairing steel with wood.  Prouvé understood how to manipulate materials to efficiently create furniture and he would often collaborate with designers such as Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand.  The following are some of the pieces that are on my wish list.


Cité Armchair, 1934


Antony Chair, 1954


Potence Lamp, 1954


EM Table, 1950


Standard Chair, 1934


Bibliotheque by Charlotte Perriand, Sonia Delaunay, and Jean Prouve, 1953

IMAGE CREDITS: 1st Image from Pullpusher, Cite Armchair from Christies, Antony Chair from Nova68, Potence Lamp from Vitra, EM Table and Standard Chair from Nova68, and Bibliotheque from Jean Prouve Museum.