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Artist Coats Pieces in Silver Nitrate for Chrome Finish

Friday, February 22, 2019

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Designer Pablo Limón has produced a set of metallic furniture pieces by coating them in silver nitrate, allowing for a chrome, rainbow-like finish.

The pieces are reportedly made from medium-density foam bases that are shaped like various types of small furniture, according to Dezeen.

The forms are primed first so that they’re non-porous, and then the silver nitrate is applied one layer at a time. After a layer is applied, it’s left to dry at 32 degrees Celsius, then a catalyst is applied to create the chrome effect.

Then, the surfaces are polished, and the process is repeated another approximately four times. Finally, a sander is taken to the surfaces to finish the job.

"This process is done by hand and the control of the effect is limited by chance," Limón said in an interview. "The erosion is very delicate and done with water sandpaper that removes the matter that is wanted."

The Mexican designer said he first discovered the technique while attending a workshop in Barcelona, where he studied the types of finishes possible with metals.

According to the interview, Limón sees all the pieces made up to this point as prototypes, and he now plans to further develop the forms that the finish can be applied to.

In addition to his own design studio, PLDO, Limón is a partner with Savvy Studio, which has offices in New York City and Mexico City.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Asia Pacific; Color; Color + Design; Color + Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America

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