As you know even a scrap pile or a wire roll can inspire a creative person; and even an old abandoned house will seem a remarkable masterpiece, if you look at it at sunset or at dawn, when everything is wrapped in mist. That is how Estonian designer Mati Karmin found his unusual hobby. He creates original furniture, reminding the steampunk style, out of – who can imagine! – old and defused marine mines!
Under Soviet government, a Navy nuclear submarine training center was located in the town of Paldiski, but when USSR was dissolved and Soviet Army left the base, a heap of defused mines, which were used by the Baltic fleet, were left here. And Mati Karmin decided to use this “treasure”, abandoned by the state which didn’t exist anymore, for more than pacific purposes.
After polishing defused mines, the author created a whole collection of unusual furniture, which anyway doesn’t suit in homes or offices. It is more likely to be used in a stylized entertainment center, such as a club or a showroom, or maybe in a gallery, exhibition or even in a bunker-themed restaurant.
As a result of designer’s inspiration, marine mines used by the Baltic Fleet were turned into armchairs and sofas, beds and fireplaces and even baby strollers and a toilet. It is known that this furniture will be offered for sale, but nothing is said about the prices.