Ana's trained her eye on some antique industrial materials that have been brought from the Machine Age into the Computer Age through re-use. Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments
With industrial design experiencing a surge of popularity, old materials are getting another look. Discarded foundry molds, distinctive reminders of the nation's industrial past, are being incorporated into wall art, furniture and other decorative elements. Wendi Koletar, the owner of the Austin boutique Kickpleat, used a number of reclaimed and repurposed materials in the store's design, including a series of vintage foundry molds that hang above the store's racks like an art installation...
Victory Vintage in Decatur, Ga., created sculptures by mounting antique foundry mold patterns from Atlantic Steel on stands.
The store also added new wiring and linen shades to turn vintage steel mill patterns into lamps.
To find wood and metal foundry molds for your own projects, check eBay; bids start from $8 to $10 though larger pieces can go for hundreds of dollars. They pop up occasionally on Craigslist and on the sites of vintage dealers; Austin Modern currently has a number of them (which they categorize as "mantiques").