Japanese design studio Hamanishi Design creates stunning, contemporary home decor using experimental techniques. Their Burning Metal Project is an intriguing collection that uses the chemical reaction created by burning titanium alloy to produce a set a sleek, colorful design pieces. These iridescent showpieces are sophisticated while bringing a touch of whimsy into the home.
Hamanishi Design has created a set of lamps, side tables, and vases that have a distinct look and feel. By harnessing the colors of natural titanium oxide, they're found a way to introduce a permanent coloration to the metal without adding any extra substances. With this simple, effective method, the possibilities are endless.
The Pillar floor lamp seems to transform its color as one looks closer to the heat source. The long, thin stand is the highlight of the piece, moving from natural titanium to blue and keeping a minimal silhouette that puts the color change at the forefront. Similarly, the Flame pendant lamp bursts with color exactly where the bulb is positioned, giving the illusion that the color change is due to this heat source. The elegant striations of color blend seamlessly, like soft layers of watercolors laid over the metal.
This look contrasts with Hamanishi's Graffito vases, which use a digital technique to provoke the titanium oxide reaction in specific patterns. This intriguing method of burning metal is proprietary to the studio, which developed a digital machine to execute the patterns. The result is simple, effective tableware that is sure to be a conversation piece.
To round out the collection, TIG is a small, cylindrical side table that makes effective use of the burnt metal to create a color explosion that appears to leak from the center of the table outwards. The warm, subtle glow emanating from the table is both a nod to welding as well as an effective way to introduce color. “In order to appreciably add the story of the manufacturing process into the product, we applied the gradation design to show the heat transmission from the inner shelf,” the firm explains.