Mine Craft: Old Naval Explosives Turned into New Furniture


Beating swords into ploughshares is one way proverbial way to move from war to peace … but this may be the best modern equivalent.

Mati Karmin is sculptor and industrial designer with a taste for the absurd, crafting such innocent furniture objects as carriages for children, suspended porch swings, master beds and lounge chairs and even bathtubs out of unlikely junk metal bomb shells.

When Russia pulled out of Estonia in the 1990s, they detonated or burned all remaining ordinance, leaving a sea of scrap in their wake. Much was immediately brought (or washed) to shore and recycled, but many metal husks remain.

But there is just too much work to feature in only one article, so consider this round one – the first battle, if you will, with more designs, details, context and background to come.

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