Lake House Railing

Contemporary traditional staircase with custom-built railing

This railing was intentionally designed to match the existing hardwood floor and overall space. Black-painted steel, braided stainless steel cables, and stained oak give a high-end look to a peaceful lake house. Sophisticated details like recessed mounting flanges in the handrail keep with the clean contemporary style. Simplicity and ease of installation were top of mind during the design phase as the homeowner elected to install it himself.

Size: 132″ length, 57″ wide, 36″ tall
Materials: Steel and Oak
Style: Contemporary Traditional

Staircase railing and steps
Elevation showing stairwell and railing.

Master Bath Cabinet

Tube frame construction clad with sheet steel, the seamlessly welded edges give this cabinet an ultra-refined look. The smooth metal and dark patina contrasts the bright, textured, and subtle color of the vinyl-wrapped drawers and panels. As a result, offering a level of sophistication not often seen. Soft-close glides gently tuck-in the deep drawers, specifically leaving a slight reveal within the smooth edge surrounds.

While most creations are Design/Build, some designers come to Bolt & Hide with a specific idea that needs fabrication.

Size: 60″ wide, 20″ deep, 66″ tall
Materials: Steel, solid maple vinyl-wrapped drawers
Style: Contemporary
Architect: Morgante Wilson Architects

Master Bath Cabinet
Master bath cabinet elevation

Staircase Railing

Winding staircase with painted steel handrail

The unusual staircase layout and client preference for a single, continuous railing required a complete custom solution. I ultimately recommended a slightly smaller diameter of tubing than originally specified. The intent was to not visually overwhelm the staircase presence, and still ensure a substantial feel in-hand. Meticulous measurements of the staircase’s compound angles were taken. Seven pieces were created and then fully welded together onsite. Handrail brackets provided by the homeowner secured it in place.

Size: 24ft
Materials: Painted steel tube
Style: Industrial

Staircase with painted steel handrail

Wine Rack

Tall wine rack between kitchen cabinets & a window

The trussed look of this custom wine rack is a nod to some of Chicago’s exposed frame architecture. Designed for maximum storage capacity in a narrow space, this piece draws the eye up to the room’s 9ft ceiling height but doesn’t visually compete with the cabinetry or windows on either side. Bottles slide easily into place on steel rods, accommodating most shapes and sizes. Cherry wood planks in the center display area match the kitchen cabinets.

Size: 92″ tall, 63 bottle capacity
Materials: Slab steel & cherry wood
Style: Industrial

Wine bottles placed in rack
blueprint sketch of wine rack
Tall wine rack between kitchen cabinets and a window

Glass and Steel Cabinet

Highly ornamental dark steel framing and glass will play up the vintage style of this versatile display cabinet. Glass shelving, sides and doors allow plenty of light to flood the upper portion, which contrast beautifully with a dark-patinated enclosed steel storage area below. This piece was a truly collaborative effort. The client shared several inspiration photos with me and through multiple conversations, I was able to determine what would suit him the best. Extracting details from each, the design became a totally unique piece that’s perfectly sized for the client’s space, style, and storage goals. The delicate framing and glass will be strong enough to support a robust display collection.

Size: 36″ wide, 14″ deep, 78″ tall
Materials: Steel & glass
Style: Light & bright vintage

Glass and steel cabinet
Ornamental steel door framing being fabricated


Close-up of Hauberk mesh door

Inspired by the grand proportions and perfect detailing of Italianate architecture, this multifunctional, vintage-inspired armoire is a signature piece. Hauberk mesh doors, custom-made drawer pulls, and bespoke hinges add tactile dimension. A shou sugi-ban treatment on the maple drawers keeps the coloring dark to contrast exposed welds while softening the overall steel encasement. Usage options abound thanks to the combination of adjustable shelving and drawers.

Size: 78″ tall, 26″ wide, 18″ deep
Materials: Steel, Hauberk mesh & maple wood
Style: Victorian industrial

Tall Victorian industrial armoire with tall doors, four shelves and three drawers
An open steel-front door with maple interior

Vintage Industrial – Console

Steel media console that conceals a TV

This piece’s beautiful metal detailing and blackened patina fits right in with the homeowners’ meticulously restored 1880’s house on the northside of Chicago. Designed to completely conceal a flat-screen TV, double-hinged doors wrap easily around the sides of the cabinet when the TV is in use. Accommodating modern technology in vintage homes can be a challenge; in this home, there was just one section of wall between two doors that was suitable for a TV. This piece was carefully designed to fit perfectly in that space whether the doors are open or not. A single steel-faced ash wood drawer adds additional storage.

Size: 48″ wide, 44″ tall, 18″ deep
Materials: Steel & ash wood
Style: 1880s vintage

Open steel drawer with ash wood interior
Ash wood base shelf and open drawer

Neat – Bar Cart

Open bar cart made of steel & walnut with hemp wine sling

After building several enclosed bar cabinets, “Neat” was conceived to have all the same functionality but with a lighter, simpler, and elegant feel. Steel tube rails incorporate multi-function push bars/towel bars and can hold a handmade hemp wine sling. The walnut planked top has a Shou Sugi Ban treatment that brings out the grain and softens the overall look. Designed to show off top-shelf liquor bottles and glassware, I’ve built variations of this cart for clients that include stemware storage as well.

Size: 36″ wide, 14″ deep, 36″ tall
Materials: Steel, hemp & walnut planks
Style: Industrial & elegant

Walnut bar cart top with liquor bottle and glass
Open bar cart made of steel and walnut with hemp wine sling

Media Console

African mahogany and steel media console with mid-century modern style

While not the typical industrial creation, Bolt & Hide took on the challenge of creating this extraordinary custom console. It was an important part in an overall great room restyling by the client and her interior designer. Getting the proportions just right on this media console was key to achieving perfect usability and aesthetic. Also key: perfecting the bullnose curve, steel base angles, and precise joinery to achieve a truly mid-century modern look. Custom-fabricated pulls also serve as vents to protect media equipment inside; adjustable interior shelves, sliding doors, and cabling access both between shelves and out the back all make this piece extremely functional.

Size: 68″ wide, 22″ deep, 20″ tall
Materials: African mahogany & steel
Style: Mid-century modern

Custom-fabricated pulls that also serve as vents
Close-up of front media console door and custom pull
Media console door slides open to reveal shelves

Anvil Table Base

Anvil-shaped steel table base

This all-steel, seamlessly welded table base is a replica of the client’s original table base, scaled up in size to suit a new, larger dining room. A 3D design rendering ensured all proportions were perfect before building began. Slip-rolled sheet metal follows the base’s exact curves; the applied directional grain and dark patina also match the original. An engineered internal frame ensures the table can easily hold the gorgeous, 400-lb slab of Starphire® glass on top. Seamless welding gives this table base a modern, refined vibe that contrasts with the industrial-yet-primitive look of the anvil shape.

Size: 39″ length, 24″ wide, 29″ tall
Materials: Steel
Style: Modern & Industrial Primitive

Brushed grain top of anvil table base
Side view of anvil table base with glass top