Repurposed metal has become a popular medium among artists, some of whom appreciate its gritty character, and others of whom figure if it can work for Pat Boone... For functional furnishings from a dude who falls into the former category, check Ostlund Custom Works.
OCW's "raw", industrial clocks & lamps're handmade from upcycled metals by an Indianan who lives by the doctrine of "low volume high quality", explaining why he's into metal and not punk. Lamps are highlighted by Tesla's Revenge, an homage to the legendary
blues-metal band godfather of electrical engineering that features a "squirrel cage filament" bulb set in an oak-topped socket, and loomed over by looped silver "Tesla Coils [that] suppress the technology of the Edison bulb", apparently rendering it incapable of shedding light on what the hell he's talking about. Clocks, meanwhile, are headlined by the Mid Century Modern, with oversized hands sitting on a face made of air cylinder tubing, and a 5' long curved aluminum rod hanging off one side intended to produce the effect that the clock's floating away from the wall, though if that's what you think, you probably don't make it to many places on time anyways.
While his other stock ranges from steampunk candle holders to an industrial letter organizer, he'll happily work with you to build something special so long as you keep in mind he "can't do everything", so, yeah, dude definitely hasn't been following Pat Boone.
Published: March 2, 2011 at 4:00am EST
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