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Inudstrial piping: tubular pipework in design

Recycled metal pipework and plumbing parts are appearing in the most unexpected of places and have been spotted as components in everything from decorative tableware and objets d’art to home furnishings, lighting and public sculptures. Here are some examples of pipe inspired design:

Light Forest is by design duo Ontewerpduo, who collaborate on interior installations, furniture and products combining “a mathematical and wistful approach with a variety of materials such as metal, wood, ceramics, glass and wool.”

Tamasine Osher has used junk piping to create this Pipe Loop table (above) and Pipe Light (below).

Nick Fraser’s Pipework series includes candelabras and coat rails in a “playful industrial style.”.

As part of the London Design Festival, Scaffolding Brut, an installation by Beta Tank was located in the subway tunnel to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The sculpture represents the studio’s perception of scaffolding – both its current impact and potential future: “Although it is found on almost every street, scaffolding’s aesthetic comes from a system of safety requirements and repetitive engineering configurations, rather than from any artistic endeavour. The fact that such a visual construction universally exists untouched by design is an interesting and inspirational phenomenon.”

This brass musical instrument (sound) sculpture Golden Horns was designed by composer, Sebastien Agneessens for Turkish property developer Nef at 100% Design. The company’s name comes from the Turkish word for ‘breath’.

Tom Ormond painting 'Cometh the Makers' (oil on linen) is also inspired by industrial pipework.

As is the colourful redesign of these external utility meters in London's East End.

A final thought: might the inspiration for retro pieces, such as this 1960s wooden wall divider, have come from industrial pipework?

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