Butler's Pantry

This all-steel butler's pantry was a commission for a chef here in Richmond and a fun change of pace for us. She wanted a distressed look to this piece, so the welds and darkened mill scale on the steel are rougher than our usual treatment. Check out a few shots of the process and installation below.

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The bottom doors are fronted with steel mesh, while the top doors have glass installed in them. We thought this handsome and industrial piece looked just right once installed in its downtown loft home.

Steel butler's pantry PH2017

Exterior Stair Rail

Here's a simple, elegant custom exterior stair rail we recently created.

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The first step was to create the helix-shaped lateral returns. This is the part of the rail that transitions from the handrail into the newel post. You can see Kyle giving a final tweak to the helix below.

Forging lateral return for an exterior railing PH2017

Once the pickets are created, they're welded into the frame. Because this design does not have a subrail and the pickets terminate directly into the steps, we tack welded bars to the bottom to hold the rail together until we installed it.

Forging bronze finial PH2017

Here we're forging bronze finials for the newel post. Below you can see finished photos of the railing installed in the marble steps, as well as a detail shot of the bronze finial and the helix lateral return.

Custom Six Hook Mosaic Coat Racks

We've made quite a few six hook mosaic coat racks this year, each with its own special twist. We thought we'd share a few photos to show you the steps to creating a custom piece like this. 

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This first group of photos shows the process of creating the mosaic itself.

In the first three photos, you can see:

  • creating a color gradient based on photos submitted by the client.
  • an example of the reclaimed material we use for all our mosaic supports. This particular board's former life was a template for a railing.
  • a blue mosaic celebrating the couple's anniversary with mementos from their relationship.

Next three photos show:

  • a mosaic with found objects.
  • Johannah's mid-process studio mess.
  • a mosaic featuring coins left over from the customer's travels.

This group shows what happens once the mosaic is complete. First the mosaic is glued into the reclaimed wood frame made by Kyle. Next the mosaic is grouted, a process that often requires plenty of blue tape to protect the frame and some found objects and mementos. Last the hooks are installed. We love seeing the texture and shine of mosaics in raking light. The way mosaics change in the light is a big part of their magic.

And the completed coat racks! Whether you are celebrating a special memory or looking for a unique way to hang your jackets in style all while complementing the room, our mosaic coat racks are the perfect thing. We offer them in three sizes: two hooks, four hooks, and six hooks. We love working with our clients to create a one-of-a-kind piece of functional artwork just for them.