Ever since 1883 when John Michael Kohler, an Austrian immigrant and U.S. metal worker, sprinkled some enameling powder on a cast iron pig trough, put feet on it, and sold it as a bathtub, people have been looking for more innovative ways to dress up their homes. I’ve written articles about vessel sinks before but the genre of art becoming functional pieces within the home doesn’t end with sinks and tubs. There are a number of different ways to accomplish the goal.
The McCune Masterworks Renaissance Bar
This bar takes a classic old world globe design and gives it a 21st century makeover. It has a biometric thumb scanner to activate and it opens automatically. Don’t believe me? Check out the video here
Electric Guitars Made From Reclaimed Redwood
There is a company in Temecula, CA. called Vintage Timberworks that specializes in making custom wood products out of reclaimed wood from places all over the united states, but they don’t stop at wood beams and tables. They have a whole selection of products available on their website including some pretty sweet axes (see what I did there?)
Interlocking Deck Furniture From Deeco
Wait, is that a sculpture of a vase on your patio? No, it’s just my furniture. Deeco, and many other patio furniture companies have discovered that just because someone lives in a small space, that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate some fun and innovation in their patio furniture. This has lead them to get creative with storage solutions in their products.
Blue Garden Gate From Stone Forest
I’ve always loved the uniqueness of Stone Forest’s products, they always have such interesting designs in bathroom sinks, bathtubs, and pedestals. What people are usually unaware is that they have garden products as well, and will even do custom. The Blue Garden gate uses reclaimed wood from estates in India and is available in a ready to install refurbished condition.
Herbeau Dagobert Wooden Toilet Throne
Yes, this is a real thing made by a real company in France for use in the US market. The flush mechanism is even connected to a pull chain and bell, indicating that the king has completed his…uh..duties.