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Issue 94 · Handyman Special · October 14, 2013

10 Favorites: Tools as Decor

Issue 94 · Handyman Special · October 14, 2013

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."

Atelier 688 Hammer as Decor Remodelista

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

Scissors as Decor Remodelista

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

Ariele Alesko Brooklyn Studio Remodelista

Above: The workshop of Brooklyn-based Ariele Alesko.

Hammer as Decor Remodelista

Above: Hammers over a workstation; via Something Borrowed.

Salt Air House Bedroom Remodelista

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

Frank Leder Studio Framed Shovel Remodelista

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

Hanging Painted Axes Remodelista

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

Hammers Neatly Arranged Remodelista

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

Vintage Axe Vancouver Reclaimed Remodelista

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

Saw as Decor Remodelista

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

Maria Moyer Hammer as Decor Remodelista

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

Brancusi Paris Studio Remodelista

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.

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