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Sticky: Total Metal Resource in the NY Times!

July 23rd, 2013





Turn On Your Desk

April 2nd, 2012


Design, Products


TMRnyc SideWired DeskJust 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!


One-of-a-Kind Furniture For Every Home’s Décor

January 13th, 2012




One-of-a-Kind FurnitureAt TMRnyc, we make unique metal products and perform custom metal fabrication NYC shop owners crave. But we also make custom metal furniture that can bring that one-of-a-kind feel to any home’s décor without breaking the bank.

We often hear from decorators and private parties who are looking for that one special piece that really makes a statement and serves as the focal point of a space.

And while they’re often already open to adding some unique metal products if they’ve sought us out, they do typically want those pieces to be more than art, more than designer conversation-starters. They want those elements to be functional, high quality, lasting pieces of furniture.

For these clients, we have a lot of fun building bookshelves, tables, and entertainment centers that fit the bill (and the space).

One of our favorites: The U-Shelf. This open-design entertainment center/shelving unit allows for easy access from both sides, making it ideal for electronic components while also enabling it to serve as a room separator – always a great idea for a small space!

Another consistent winner: The Swarf Table line. These urban chic, functionally artistic tables are made from upcycled swarf, making them ideal for conscious consumers and designers alike.

What are you looking for? Don’t see it on our site? That’s ok. That’s better than ok. That’s great!

We love a challenge, especially when it means we get to create custom metal furniture that’s just right for our clients. Touch base with us today, and let us know what you want to build.



Custom-Fabricated Metal Seating: Modern Seating Pulls Double Duty

January 11th, 2012




Diamond Plated Box SeatingIt’s a chair! It’s a bench! It’s a table! It’s a … what exactly is that?

“That” is a diamond-plated box, and it’s one of the simplest yet most functional designs we’ve got here at TMRnyc’s metal fabrication shop.

Brooklyn, NYC residents and business owners alike have been snapping up these utilitarian conversation pieces because they’re not only completely on-trend, they’re diversely functional and durable. 

Measuring 12 inches by 12 inches square and 20 inches high, the Diamond-Plated Box seating element is industrial and minimal in design, yet something about it simply works in modern, trendy spaces. Initially meant as seating options, we’ve seen plenty of clients use them as small metal tables.

NYC designers like them as edgy ottomans as well, and they just seem to pull their weight no matter where they’re placed in a room.

One of the fun things about custom metal furniture is that, unlike wood or plastic, metal is durable enough to be used in multiple ways without showing wear. In fact, most of our sleek designs look better as they develop a patina with age. So when it’s time for a change, you can take that Diamond-Plated Box and use it as a table instead of the chair it’s been, or vice versa.

Pair it with a funky table lamp if it used to be a seating element, or plunk it down in the middle of the room as a coffee table if you’ve been using it at the end of a couch. That’s the fun part: The Diamond-Plated Box is whatever you think it is. All we know is that it’s cool.

For information about custom-fabricated metal seating available at TMRnyc, contact us.


SideWired End Table: Power Where You Need It Without The Cord Clutter

December 13th, 2011




small metal tables nycIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (and Hanukkah, and Kwanza, and New Year’s, and insert-other-winter-time-celebration-here), and that means it’s gift-giving time.

Or, if you’re more of a glass-half-full kind of person (or a kid), maybe it’s gift-receiving time.

Either way: presents! And some of this year’s most fabulous presents will undoubtedly be electronics.

But before you know it, it’ll be January, and while you’ll probably be well entrenched in your new love affair with Siri, you’ll also be looking for a place to dock and charge that new iPhone along with whatever other techno-goodies Santa dropped off.

Many people like to keep their devices handy while they’re charging, so it’s not uncommon to see coffee tables, side tables, and nightstands cluttered with various chargers: one for the Bluetooth, one for the iPad, one for the smartphone, one for the wireless drywall stud finder… All the important stuff.

Cleaning Up that Wire Mess

Unfortunately, all these cables and chargers and wires create a big, tangled mess and sometimes a tripping hazard too. That’s where the SideWired™ End Table comes in.

This is one of the most practical pieces of custom metal furniture we make here at TMRnyc, and it’s one of our favorites among our unique metal products.

Why? Because SideWired™ End Tables are more than just tables; these are smart small metal tables NYC residents absolutely love. Functional as an end table, nightstand, or occasional piece in a home or office environment, the SideWired™ End Table, along with the entire SideWired™line, has built-in outlets so you can plug your phone right into the table, reducing the cord clutter, outlet overloads, and tripping hazards.

Available in multiple finishes and sizes, the SideWired™ desks and tables also make great holiday gifts. Especially if you give them with an iPhone.

Contact TMRnyc to learn more about our SideWired™ furniture line, and how they can help clean your cord clutter.