liquid metal furniture production process
liquid metal furniture production process
liquid metal furniture production process
liquid metal furniture production process
liquid metal furniture production process
liquid metal furniture production process
liquid metal furniture production process
liquid metal furniture production process

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Maxima Liquid Metal: a unique iconic surface

The "Liquid Metal” is a new unconventional finish used on our Maxima Collection to reinvent the wooden surface and enhance its distinctive carved decoration. This unique finish is availabe in tin or light bronze: two different metals sharing the same shiny beauty.

 

The "Liquid Metal" combines a technologically advanced technique with a patient and precise handcrafted treatment to obtain a gleaming look. This expression describes the process of mixing real metal powder and applying it on the furniture wooden surface.

 

Our iconic Maxima sideboard now shines thanks to the tin or light bronze powders wisely applied on its surface and meticulously hand polished. The result exemplifies our unceasing research for unique and unconventional solutions in a perfect balance between tradition and innovation.

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How to reinvent an iconic finish

Maxima, introduced in year 1999, represents one of the first collections of the new Laurameroni brand. Bartoli Design has created a collection deliberately simple as a whole but with a great attention to the details, that, more underlined by wooden finishes, give to any piece a character of particular exceptionality.

 

“Maxima” above all means: creativity in surfaces working. The capacity to re-create drawing inspiration from the wooden platforms used by the marble workers, which bear the apparently casual marks of discs used for cutting the marble, created the top in engraved solid wood slabs, characterized by a texture that is unique and always different.

The textures are random and of different depths. Greatest expression of the wood that vibrates on the surface: the light squeezes through the cuts and turns the furnishings into modern sculptures,
one-off pieces like new icons of contemporary art.

 

Maxima represents the answer to that unsatisfied desire which all too frequently remains inside the designer in a constant endeavour to find a space were to recover a little expressive freedom and the deep down roots of craftsmanship.

“Maxima” is not only a collection of articles of furniture, but a new way of conceiving furnishing. An extremely up-to-date style that proposes solutions from the most rigorous design, but never too rigid, thans to the chosen wood.

 

In 2017 we wanted to reivent this iconic finish born on solid wood and we had the idea of applying this new experimental coating surface called "Liquid Metal". This incredibly shiny finish gave a new birth to this unique pattern, which is still contemporary after 20 years.

How Liquid Metal sideboards are made

Very briefly, "Liquid Metal" is an artisanal coating process which involves polishing a liquified metal cast on the surface of a product. Know also as "cold metal casting", this term has been used to describe the process of mixing metal powder with a resin to create castings that give the appearance of solid metal.

 

The expression “Liquid Metal” might also be incorrectly used to define a metallic varnishing, however this is a completely different process which  does not reproduce the mirroring effect of a real metal that our Liquid Metal sideboards have.

 

We briefly explain here how our exclusive liquid metal sideboards are made and why they are so different and shiny.

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Liquid Metal is an exclusively handmade finish

The "Liquid Metal" process is an artisanal and mostly hand made process which involves several production steps. We start from the manufacturing of the furniture or wall panel in carved raw wood.

 

We then apply different layers of resins on the surface to guarantee stability and resistance followed by smoothing of the surfaces with abrasive papers.

 

The next and most important step is the preparation of the metal powder with a verified grain size and mixing with chemical products to obtain a casting metal at a lower temperature than the natural casting process.


When the metal powder is ready we proceed with the atomization and spraying on the wooden surface to obtain an irregular, porous and opaque effect, like a terracotta casting.

The last steps involve cleaning the surface metal crust and repeated smoothing with abrasive papers and feltings by using suitable pastes to bring back a shiny look and smoothness to the touch.


The finishing process is the application of nanotechnological resins and waxes to stop the natural oxidation of the metal without compromising its naturalness.