June 11, 2019
Kikukawa expands design options in architecture by providing various bespoke paint coated metal constructions: examples of bespoke paint include stone-style, bronze-style, oxidized-style (rust), concrete-style, and patina-green style.
The following pictures are one example; metal louvres were painted in bamboo-style for ceiling louvres at a high-end Teppanyaki restaurant in Marunouchi, Tokyo. The bamboo physique is replicated with acrylic paint and randomly placed black spots.
The bamboo style ceiling louvres are installed at 150mm pitch. Fabricated with round steel pipes of 21.7mm (diameter), the details of the louvres where they meet the walls are carefully designed so that screws or other fixing systems are invisible to the visitors.
The designer’s intent was to replicate the colours of spotted bamboo (bamboos marked with dark spots). The final paint sample was determined after fabricating multiple trials of colour samples on steel pipes.
The bamboo nodes are fabricated by welding two 2.3mm thick 25.7mm (diameter) ring plates parallelly. There are two patterns of nodes, designed with varying pitches.
When architects specify naturalistic materials such as wood, they tend to face limitations in cost, and functionality such as material strength. With metal, these limitations can be solved for its workability and flexibility in details, as well as its variety in finishes. By combining these advantages with Kikukawa’s bespoke construction services and metalworking expertise, we expand the possibilities of realistic designs and provide metals as an alternative to other materials.
Additionally, Kikukawa has expanded its material surface-preparation and paint coating facilities in January of 2019, further allowing us to answer bespoke paint coating requests.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to inquire about bespoke paint coating or fabrication feasibilities in bespoke metal constructions.