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Designing modern living art (coffee tables, night stands and tables) out of old doors and shutters from a deteriorated Spanish posada.

The Project

After years of studying the pictures on many hiking trips I have taken throughout southern Spain it finally dawned on me! Why not breathe new life back into these old and beautiful pieces, surely they have so much more to offer than just decaying with the rest of the house.

Turning a shutter from an old posada into a beautiful coffee table and creating the perfect combination of old with modern living was such an amazing feeling. I am fascinated and determined to pursue this project and see these preserved pieces of history turned into modern art pieces to be enjoyed many more generations to come.

This project will focus on a large abandoned Posada outside the small village of Lucainena de las Torres, Spain.  The house is over 100 years old and has mostly fallen to ruins and most that remains are the doors, shutters, window frames and banister spindles.  With permission from the owner, I’ve taken the first steps of this project and have turned one of the shutters into a beautiful coffee table.  I have worked closely with a local Spanish blacksmith in designing a simple yet elegant frame for the table. The frame has been designed to fully expose the table leaf while at the same time augmenting its beauty and attractiveness by using wrought iron legs that are embellished with floral designs and elegantly hand finished with a rich black and copper patina that glows when bathed by the sun. The owner will be demolishing the house starting in January and he has granted me permission to remove these last remaining elements.  My project is to take the wooden shutters, doors and banister spindles and transform them into modern furniture while at the same time preserving this piece of history, thus turning these elements into living pieces of art.

Every Piece Will Be Unique

Every piece is different in size and shape and time and the elements have aged each item distinctly. With this in mind, my goal is to craft an elegant and unique design that complements, supports and protects each specimen.  I have sketched several designs and will be working closely with a designer to help fully conceptualize an individual and unique design for every piece.  

Banister Spindles

The Banister Spindles are very similar to one another yet different as each one has been hand crafted.  Unlike normal banister spindles, these ones are flat and as such will allow for a local Spanish artist to paint them with a Spanish landscape or scenery.  A wrought iron frame will need to be hand-shaped and molded to fit each spindle perfectly.  This can either be hung on the wall or placed where you please.

PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO PRODUCTION

Part of the funding of this project will go towards professional photography and video production to give everyone interested the opportunity to receive a professionally video document of the work done from start to finish. A professional photographer and video production team will be hired, who will document everything from the initial stages of pulling out the pieces to the design, ironwork and the finished piece. 

BLOG

I have a blog that everyone will be able to go to and see updates on the progress on a regular basis.  The blog is: www.neodzine.blogspot.com

BLACKSMITHING

The blacksmith I'm working with for this project was specifically chosen because of his many years of experience and beautiful work he has elaborated. He has access to a wide selection of unique and beautiful wrought iron to choose from in his shop or order from various sources.  He is an expert and artist at his craft, I was simply amazed at his knowledge and have seen firsthand his ability to cut, shape, design and transform such a hard material into any form he so desire.

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The risks and challenges of this project are the Initial design stages, to be able to come up with a unique and complimentary designs that not only work on paper, but translating them to the ironwork stages to bring out the inherit beauties of each piece. Other risks involved are the removal of each element so that no new damage occurs to any of the pieces and thus preserving each piece in the condition it was found.

To bring this all together and effectively complete this project, I have assembled a team of talented and artistic people amongst them an architect/furniture designer, a blacksmith, a photographer and a video production company. In addition local help will be needed to carry out any necessary manual labor. This team will ensure a smooth and continuous flow of this project in order to meet the anticipated deadlines and if possible complete them ahead of schedule.

One of the main challenges has been to accurately take into account all of the expenses to be incurred and to price the rewards accordingly in order for a successful completion of this project.

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    20 PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS VIA DROPBOX: Receive 20 professional, high resolution photos of the work process from beginning to end of the designed pieces. 5 photos of each piece of artwork (dinning table, coffee table, nightstand & banister spindle). Photos will be sent by electronic file transfer to Dropbox for download.

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    VIDEO MONTAGE OF COFFEE TABLE VIA DROPBOX: Receive a 2-3 minute montage video (professionally shot & edited in 1080 HD) of the making of a shutter into coffee table set in a wrought iron frame. Video will be sent by electronic file transfer to Dropbox for download (two video formats will be available, QuickTime & WMV).

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    VIDEO MONTAGE Of BANISTER SPINDLE VIA DROPBOX: Receive a 2-3 minute montage video (professionally shot & edited in 1080 HD) of the painting of a banister spindle and it being set into wrought iron frame. Video will be sent by electronic file transfer to Dropbox for download (two video formats will be available, QuickTime & WMV).

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    1 PAINTED BANISTER SPINDLE SET IN WROUGHT IRON: Receive one banister spindle with a beautiful painting on one side, painted by a local artist, and framed in wrought iron. Each painting and frame will be unique. With this pledge you will also receive a professionally shot and edited video in 1080 HD (QuickTime & WMV files) of the painting of a banister spindle and it being set into a wrought iron frame.

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    1 NIGHTSTAND SET IN WROUGHT IRON: Receive one absolutely unique nightstand crafted out of a window frame and set in with a wrought-iron frame. Please note that no glass plate is included due to the difficulties of shipping glass. You will need to order a glass plate for the table upon receiving the table. Dimensions for glass size will be given for each piece. With this pledge you will also receive a professionally shot and edited video in 1080 HD (QuickTime & WMV files) of the making of a nightstand and banister spindle.

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    1 COFFEE TABLE SET IN WROUGHT IRON: Receive one absolutely unique coffee table crafted out of a window shutter and set in with a wrought-iron frame. Please note that no glass plate is included due to the difficulties of shipping glass. You will need to order a glass plate for the table upon receiving the table. Dimensions for glass size will be given for each piece. With this pledge you will also receive a professionally shot and edited videos in 1080 HD (QuickTime & WMV files) of the making of a coffee table, nightstand and banister spindle.

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    1 TABLE SET IN WROUGHT IRON: Receive one absolutely unique table crafted out of a door and set in with a wrought-iron frame. Please note that no glass plate is included due to the difficulties of shipping glass. You will need to order a glass plate for the table upon receiving the table. Dimensions for glass size will be given for each piece. With this pledge you will also receive a professionally shot and edited videos in 1080 HD (QuickTime & WMV files) of the making of a table, coffee table, nightstand and banister spindle.

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