Furniture Friday: Marine Mine
Now this is a
freaky company for today’s Furniture Friday post that will have you reconsidering what makes good design GOOD.
The company is called Marine Mine and the innovative designer behind the works is named Mati Karmin – one of the top sculptors in all of Estonia.
Mati Karmin has found a way to turn old mine shells into pieces of furniture. That’s right…seemingly abandoned hunks of metal have been up-cycled into an unusual furniture collection. And yes, all the furniture is made from mines that were once bobbing around in Estonian waters.
A summary of the mines as it’s written on the official Marine Mine website:
“The frame of the artpieces is a historical deep-sea mine of AGSB-type, made in Russia in 1942. It was a big galvanic deep-sea mine, equipped with “Blok” device and two contact electro-magnetic antennas. The upper antenna was kept steady by a buoy. The mine was used to fight submarines. It was still manufactured in the 50-ies.”
The measures of the original mine are: diameter: 875 mm, weight: 1140 kg, Explosive charge: 240 kg”
There’s a detailed history behind the mines that were brought to Estonia back in World War 1 online (click HERE to read all about it) but the short version of it the story is that there was a multitude of mine shells scattered on the island back in the beginning of the 1990′s when the Soviets departed. These mine shells were void of explosive materials and have now become pieces of furniture thanks to Mati Karmin.
This furniture will likely blow your mind…it kind of blew mine! (GET IT?! MINE?! I’m hilarious).
Whether or not this furniture is capable of existing in my residence is another story…but I do admire the artist’s vision and ability to up-cycle such an unusual object.
These pieces would be great on film sets, as entourage in an art installation and might also look great in certain commercial settings. Imagine a night club or rock concert venue (bar?) that boasts an industrial design style…wouldn’t some of these pieces be great? They are definitely good conversation-pieces.
I hope this Furniture Friday shook you up a little bit – design should make you do a double-take, whether it suits your personal style or not.
Bravo, Mati Karmin.
All furniture photos courtesy of Marine Mine. Click HERE to visit Marine Mine’s official website.