ISSUE 94  |  Handyman Special

10 Favorites: Tools as Decor

October 14, 2013 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

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Brancusi did it best: tools as sculpture (as a child, he learned to carve wooden farm tools, and later, in his Paris atelier, he lined his wall with the tools of his trade). Here are ten examples of interiors featuring implements as wall art. Looking for a good source for vintage pieces? Check out Rose Antique Tools in Arkansas; owner Donna Rose Allen aims to take you back “to a time when tools were made to last.”

Above: An axe and bicycle parts as decor; via Atelier 688 in Toronto.

Above: An arrangement of vintage scissors at Amsterdam cafe Sla.

Above: The workshop of Brooklyn-based Ariele Alesko.

Above: Hammers over a workstation; via Something Borrowed.

Above: VIntage pulleys at the Salt House Inn in Provincetown.

Above: A framed vintage shovel in German designer Frank Leder’s studio; via Mono.graphie.

Above: Painted axes hanging from deer hide cords; photo via djmase.

Above: A well-organized jewelry-making setup in the home of Kim Victoria Wearne and Stuart Beer in Melbourne; via The Design Files.

Above: A vintage axe ($100), restored and painted; from Vancouver Reclaimed.

Above: A vintage saw as desk decor, along with an enamel steel sign ($28) bearing a Benjamin Franklin sentiment; via Best Made.

Above: Sculptor Maria Moyer hung her grandfather’s hammer in her kitchen; via Maria Moyer.

Above: Brancusi’s atelier in Paris; via Maria Moyer.

For more tool inspiration, and some readymade collections, see Art from Everyday Objects: East Market Street Antiques.