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.
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.
Highly ornamental dark steel framing and glass will play up the vintage style of this versatile display cabinet. Glass shelving, sides and doors will allow plenty of light to flood the upper portion, which will 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. Stay tuned!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.