June 25, 2019
Kikukawa develops its own proprietary technologies as required in order to fulfill the design intent as exemplified by the following examples of bespoke mirror-polished water ripple stainless steel.
In recent years, we have observed the rise in the usage of water ripple (embossed) mirror-polished stainless steel. In response to this, Kikukawa has devised a methodology that would allow us to emboss the high-quality mirror polished stainless steel in selected areas at selected depths, without any damages or scratches.
The pictured embossed mirror-polished stainless steel represents the disturbances of the water in ripples or waves as designed.
These designed ceiling panels use three 1.0mm thick mirror-polished stainless steel with bent details, sized 900m (W) and 1639mm (H).
Given the beautiful reflective properties of mirror-polished finish, any small dents, scratches or imperfections become accentuated. Thus the higher the quality of the mirror-polish, the more difficult it is to apply any metalworking.
Based on the design data, Kikukawa fabricated a special mold that was rolled together with the stainless steel. By doing so, these panels are metal-crafted to have the desired depth of embossing at the designed location.
Being a bespoke architectural metalworker, Kikukawa finds solutions to implement architectural designs and constructions. The development of this particular fabrication methodology is an example of this.
A similar but different water ripple stainless steel was used for a different project in Kyoto.
For feasibility on embossing, product shape or combination with other metal finishes, please consult us.