Guide to the artful home

living room with creative iron furniture

From the book The Artful home by Toni Sikes   A truly artful home nourishes our soul and satisfies our psyche. This life-size work in progress is a place of repose and stimulation, comfort and inspiration. Art lives on the wall above the sofa… as well as in the linen closet and under foot. The […]

Floor Lamp “Warm Home”

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I began designing this lamp from an entirely individual perspective of a floor lamp. I was missing a lamp with a square shade. I wanted to add a forged element and some glass to the shade so light would radiate into a space in a controlled way. /I was missing a floor lamp with a […]

The Artful home: Living with beautiful objects by Toni Sikes

Toni Sikes book The artful home image

Living with beautiful objects by Toni Sikes: Many of us seek out the unusual, the original,and the handmade. Objects made by artists are much more than eye candy; they speak to us and move us. They tell stories. We take them home, learn their stories by heart, and add our personal embellishments along the way. […]

Terrace chair, Garden chair or indoor chair

Classicistic garden chair

Terrace chairs or wrought iron garden chairs usually considerably differ from indoor chairs. Outdoor chairs are often loungers for us to lay down in with a good book or enjoy a pleasant company at a garden party. It is different with indoor chairs. They are set around a dining table and their back rest usually […]

Copper and iron forging

Copper and iron forging in my smithy Color of metal is very important in forging as it indicates the temperature of the workpiece. For this reason, it is essential that it is dark inside a smithy because it makes it easier to determine the color of the heated metal. There used to be a rule […]

Wrought iron bench Gothic

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Gothic elements in modern furniture Gothic is a term that denotes the art of the late Middle Ages, between the 12th and 16th century. It originates from the Italian word gotico, and it came in use in the 16th century. It described the raw, barbaric culture and art, and so it had pejorative meaning. Today […]

Wrought iron coffee table

When I was learning the craft of blacksmithing with a master blacksmith, we mostly made wrought iron fences. The blacksmith was a true master of the craft, an acknowledged and esteemed artist. All the pieces he created were handmade, and he rarely used welding machine. The joints were always made using the forge-welding technique or […]

Transience of modern furniture

  Iron home decor or wrought iron furniture lasts almost forever. The reason for this is in the material that is used; iron and solid wood, with some care and in a reasonably dry room, can last for centuries. Numerous items from the past that are still in a good condition prove it. The popularity […]

Wrought iron fences

Whenever I walk the streets of my hometown or on my travels abroad, I don’t only look at the buildings but I always observe wrought iron fences as well. It gives me great joy to see a beautiful house with a fence that stylistically matches the house. /…I don’t only look at the buildings but […]

The process of creating a new product

In my study I keep a plain notebook, a soft-lead pencil and an eraser. When I get an idea for a new product or just a detail that I don’t yet know how to incorporate, I sketch it in my notebook. I always add the date and a few notes to the sketch because this […]