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Working With a Custom Metal Fabricator Will Change Your Life

August 5th, 2013


Custom Projects


Sprinkles Custom Metal FacadeConverting an old warehouse into lofts?

Renovating a brownstone?

Designing a new restaurant?

One of the coolest parts of your new project could also be the least expected: custom metal fabrication.

Working with a custom metal fabricator as you move from the concept and planning stages all the way through design, fabrication, and installation can be an exciting experience, whether your project is for your own private home or for a client’s commercial space.

Interior Architects and Designers Enhance Their Work With Custom Metal Fabricators

For interior architects and interior designers, there is nothing quite like creating a space that goes beyond a client’s expectations or taking a blank space and molding it to reflect the look, feel, and style a client wants.

One of the most dramatic ways to accomplish this level of individuality in a space is through including custom-designed and custom-fabricated elements, be they decorative, functional, or both.

Why build a closed, wooden staircase when you can work with a custom metal fabricator and create the illusion of floating steps with a steel mono-stringer staircase?

Why buy mass-produced tables at a design warehouse when you can create focal points that also demonstrate your client’s dedication to conscious consumerism by instead choosing locally handcrafted, stylish steel tables made of upcycled metal scrap?

By working with a custom metal fabricator, you can turn an ordinary space into a canvas for a truly unique design.

TMRnyc works with professionals and private parties alike to create every type of custom-fabricated metal furnishing imaginable. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind bar for a client’s new restaurant or the perfect accent piece for your power office, we’ll work with you to craft exactly what you’re picturing.

Contact TMRnyc today for a consultation! 


Working it Out, TMR-Style

April 6th, 2012


Custom Projects


“For the Pura Vida Urban Fitness project,” says TMRnyc’s Scott Behr, “we basically got an online inquiry that read, ‘Can you build me a structure that eight people could hang from simultaneously while doing rigorous exercise?’ and we said, ‘Yeah. We can do that,’ and we did.”

Scott says he found the entire Pura Vida project to be just as straightforward and smooth as its inception, saying, “What I really enjoyed about this project was the simplicity and ease that this project went together. From start to finish, the client was great to work with, it flowed through my shop very easily and was delivered within the time frame that we had promised.”

So, what was it, anyway? Well, Pura Vida Urban Fitness is a Prospect Heights fitness studio. The owner contacted TMRnyc because the gym needed a structure from which to hang fitness equipment and from which gym members could hang while working out. A previous structure hadn’t held up to the stress of all that weight, and it needed to be replaced, so owner Morgan Sevigny reached out to the experts at TMRnyc to get the job done right.

“For this project,” says Scott, “we wanted to give the space an industrial look that wasn’t overpowering and would blend in with Morgan’s existing design. We needed to plan, design, fabricate, and install. So, I went with a truss design that resembled a staging or bridge-type structure.”

From Sketch

Pura Vida Structure Sketch

To Fabrication

Pura Vida Custom Metal Truss

It took design, structural engineering, and installation expertise to fabricate this structure and install it in a working commercial space that could afford very little functional disruption.

“We didn’t want Morgan to have to shut down the gym!” says Scott. “That’s another reason we went with the design we did. It allowed us to meet the client’s needs, budget, and desire for minimal on-site disruption, yet it was also light enough to carry and install in place without field welding.”

The finished product is exactly what Pura Vida needed, and that’s what the TMRnyc team loves to hear.

Have you been by Pura Vida Urban Fitness? Let us know when you see a TMRnyc design anywhere in the city!



Well, There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day…

March 23rd, 2012


Custom Projects


Custom metal fabrication is as much an art as it is a science. Craftsmanship and skill come together to create unique metal pieces in our shop every day that we look on as functional works of art. But our recent work with Parisian artist Adel Abdessemed was all about the art, and it was seriously cool.


Friend of the shop, Derek Haffar, introduced the TMRnyc team to Abdessemed when the artist was looking for a space in which to work on his ironically titled piece, Hope. The entire TMRnyc team was eager to participate in a new, different project that was truly art for art’s sake. Says TMRnyc’s Scott Behr, “Derek spearheaded the creation of the cast garbage bags and the overall production of the artwork. It was a really interesting project to work on. Our unique shop happens to have a ground floor, drive-in space, and our 5,000 square-foot shop made it possible to accommodate such an unusual request.”

The end product, Hope, is installed at the David Zwirner Gallery in New York. Reviewers are deconstructing the work and hailing it as brilliant irony and social commentary.’s Emily Nathan says of the piece, “The attitude of Algerian-born, Paris-based artist Adel Abdessemed (b. 1971) is distinctly embodied in an installation that anchors his current exhibition at David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea — a foundered dinghy that he discovered in the Florida Keys, shipped to New York, filled with cast resin sculptures of black garbage bags and perversely titled Hope (2011-2012).”

The vision was Abdessemed’s. The concept. The goal. This time around, the TMRnyc team was glad to take a supporting role and just help out another artist.

Behind the scenes video showing the boat arriving at the TMRnyc shop

Contact TMRnyc at 718-384-7818 to discuss your next custom metal project.


Introducing the New TMRnyc Van

March 15th, 2012


Behind the Scenes


If you’ve been out and about in NYC recently, you may have noticed the TMRnyc van rolling around. Sometimes people seem a bit surprised to see us motoring around the city so much, especially considering we’re custom metal fabricators and people often assume we pretty much live in the shop. Nothing could be further from the truth.


Total Metal Resource NYC is a custom metal fabrication company, but we’re also an architectural metalwork firm. The difference? We don’t just make incredible custom metal furnishings. We install them. We build to our clients’ most exacting specifications from highly detailed shop drawings, and then we transport and install their custom designs wherever they need to go. We see each project through from concept to cleanup because we are more than metal fabricators.

Installations are as much a part of what we do as any of our metalworking fabrication processes. Need entirely new hanging window baskets built into your retrofitted brownstone? We’ll build it, and then we’ll safely transport and securely install it. Beyond installing our own work, we actually tackle emergencies and installations of third-party products. So, if your oversized, thousand-pound antique mirror wasn’t properly anchored to the wall, you can call us and expect to see the TMRnyc van come rolling up STAT.

Have a massive piece of artwork you need lifted through a window and into a third-story room for proper installation? Yeah, we do that. And that’s what the van’s for.

Have you seen us around town?

Snap a pic and post it to our Facebook wall! Or Tweet us! We want to hear from you, and we’ll let you know what we were up to!

Contact TMRnyc at 718-384-7818 to discuss your next custom metal project.


Hand-forged Brooklyn Brownstone Baskets

March 8th, 2012


Custom Projects


Brooklyn is home base to the custom metal fabrication team at TMRnyc, so any time we get a chance to beautify the neighborhood, we’re pretty excited. Enter our latest project, a brownstone renovation in NYC’s historic Park Slope area.

Says TMRnyc’s Scott Behr, “This multi-million dollar renovation project has us busy with a custom metal gate and these window baskets which are pretty awesome.” Awesome is right. Check out the pictures Scott snapped during the installation.

Custom metal fabrication has a lot of elements, and every project brings a new challenge to the table with different skill sets coming into play. Fortunately, TMRnyc is ready for whatever comes up.

“We’re using hand-forged elements in the Park Slope brownstone baskets, which is a very traditional form of metalworking,” says Behr. “But we’re also working on other projects with modern laser cutting and stainless steel. Being able to utilize these different processes keeps it interesting and ensures we can fabricate whatever custom metal objects our clients need.” 

With blacksmiths, glass workers, mold makers, engineers, designers, and other experts on the TMRnyc team, switching between processes during concurrent projects isn’t a challenge; it’s just part of what we do.

Whether you’re dreaming of beautifying a brownstone or adding some luxury to your loft, TMRnyc has the skills and knowledge to work with you from concept through installation to bring your vision into reality.

What do your dreams look like?

Contact TMRnyc at 718-384-7818 to discuss your next custom metal project.