The Aesthetic I will be exploring throughout my project is industrial minimalism. This rather niche aesthetic often spoke to me when I was in a home or business for the first time. Exposed pipes, rusting metal, and sharp edges just scratch the surface of this aesthetic. In addition, many people leave materials un-painted, leaving a raw look that I have grown fond of. I will try to explore this aesthetic with my Up-cycling project, a shelf made of exposed piping. I plan to utilize copper or steel curtain hanging rods that I found at the dump as the structure of my shelf. The reason I chose these two material options is because they have a raw, exposed look that fits the aesthetic perfectly.
I will be achieving this aesthetic by using raw materials found at the dump. I hope I will be able to use an array of curtain hangers to mock up a design that is unique and durable. In addition, it is important to mention that I will not be using the standard shelf shape as shown in the industrial modernist image shown below.
Instead of shaping the shelving like this, I will connect the pipes in a staggered manner hoping to achieve a unique take on the industrial modernist aesthetic. I will utilize the connecting pieces that meet at 90 degrees and use them to achieve a tall, curvy shelf unit. I hope this shelf unit will be able to be mounted or leaned up against the wall in any household.
Above you can see a new take on the industrial modernist take. This artist used tempered wood and metal piping to achieve a rugged, sharp look. I was also hoping I could add some shelves onto my frame so I could put items like plants, cups, or plates on my shelf. I often find these shelf units in a rather gray room so the colors can truly pop into the room. I plan to use steel for this entire project so I am not only able to weld the actual shelfs onto the piping, but ensure that I will have a strong and durable final product.
Here is another interesting orientation showing the aesthetic in a great way. This specific example shown above is more aligned with the way I want to make the shelf. I hope to utilize verticality in my design and make my shelf very tall so it pops out in the room. I also like the “rotating” design used in the design and will try to implement it into my unit.
Although this isn’t my exact design, I think this coat hanger shows my aesthetic in a perfect light. Sharp angles, rough edges, and exposed pipe really allows the aesthetic to pop in any environment. I think the biggest challenge in my design will be finding a sufficient amount of pipe, but with many dumps around I am sure it will be possible.
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