This custom made steel table was inspired by a unique cross-section of twisted C channel. Many hours went into converting the very organic shape into a (not-so-organic) CAD file, which in turn was used to create this natural yet organized coffee table.
We would like to introduce you to our latest installation: Double Dutch Espresso in Harlem. Located at 2194 Frederick Douglass Blvd., this specialty coffee shop is unparalleled in the neighborhood.
The feel and décor of this sweet little coffee spot gives off a vintage vibe. Total Metal Resource has created a steel tube storefront that beautifully compliments the feel of the interior. Featuring bi-fold doors with a rusted patina, the storefront echoes the more modern look of the one we did for Chobani SoHo. The doors open up to the street for some fresh air on sunny spring days. The front door includes our signature TMR built-in lock set and a custom steel door handle, while the custom steel and glass transom over the storefront beautifully displays the Double Dutch logo and branding.
We plan to spend many lovely spring days enjoying Americanos and checking email in this lovely little shop. Interested in custom metal work for your storefront? Give us a call and we’ll help you out!
Congrats to our pals at Double Dutch Espresso on their arrival in Harlem!
Whether you’re shopping for clothing, coffee, or kicks, there’s something appealing about entering a world positively dedicated to that product—from wall-to-wall sunglasses displays to custom sneaker cubbies under every countertop. When product and retail space merge, it’s transportive, breeding brand loyalty, connoisseurship, and high buzz.
Shinola is exactly like that. The Detroit design brand has launched its flagship store in TriBeCa. With an interior designed by The Rockwell Group, the space evokes an American industrial tradition, melding with Shinola’s American-made, vintage-inspired bicycles, watches, leather goods, and notebooks. Bikes float against brick walls, held up by Total Metal Resource’s custom-made integrated shelving. An intricate staircase—made of steel—spirals its way up to an overhead catwalk. Light pours in from a steel-framed skylight, and brass details abound.
For our metalwork team, achieving the look and subsequent consumer experience that Shinola and The Rockwell Group wanted meant innovating new techniques. Here are two of our proudest moments:
1. We created a custom brass-cast exterior logo with a soft, distressed finish—the only one of its kind in NYC.
2. In order to create structural pieces with the strength of steel and the look of darkened brass, our staff came together, experimented in-house with various finishing products, and created a totally new steel finishing technique.
When it comes to creating a unique retail experience that fits your brand, Total Metal Resource has the custom metalworking chops. Check out photos of Shinola, and a write-up in the New York Times.
Just this week, Scott Behr, owner of TMRnyc, was reading The New York Times online, and he came across a Home & Garden piece by Steven Kurutz about the need for today’s furniture manufacturers to adapt their designs to our new digital lifestyle.
“It was called Furniture Meets the Digital Age,’” says Behr with a smile. “Great article, and the guy’s right – furniture needs to change to not only reflect how we live today but actually support that lifestyle. That is, it’s not enough to have a shelf for your iPhone to sit on next to your bed at night. You need a docking station so the phone can be accessible while charging. Still,” Behr continues, “reading that piece, I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Yeah, we’ve been doing that at TMRnyc for several years now.’”
In particular, Behr was referencing the SideWired™ Furniture line. In 2009, some of the TMRnyc team members simply got fed up with the constant cord clutter challenge so many people hassle with daily, especially on their desks.
On a given desk, the average person might always have a lamp, a printer, an external hard drive, and a phone. But then add in the portables that need constant charging for efficient use such as cell phones, tablets, and laptops, and suddenly the desk is a crisscross of cords, all of which trail down over the edge onto a power strip that’s plugged into the wall. It’s messy, disorganized, and ruins the aesthetic appeal of what might otherwise be a gorgeous office.
From this observation was born the SideWired™ Desk, a prototype for the Brooklyn Design 2009 show, which ultimately gave way to the entire SideWired™ Furniture line.
The desk is a minimalist design, clean, with a glass top. Beneath that glass top is a flip-down compartment for adapters and coils of excess cord length. The necessary amount of cord is fed up through small holes in the glass, while the plug is fed toward the side of the desk where it plugs into a/c outlets that are built right into the UL-Listed desk itself. The desk plugs into the wall, and functions safely with a simple on/off switch that serves as a surge protector to safeguard your electronics.
“Today’s technology is about integration and customization,” says Behr, “and your furniture should be, too. That’s what works about the SideWired™ line. It’s furniture for the way we live. Now.”
What do you think of the SideWired™ line? In what style of desk would you like to see this functionality? We’re working on some exciting new designs, so stay tuned to the TMRnyc blog for product updates and exciting news!