RECONFIGURATION / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO RECONFIGURATION / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO RECONFIGURATION / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

RECONFIGURATION

Sometimes, actually often times I have hard time finding something that works as is. This time entry way was in a need of a large rug to soften up the marble floor. In my vision soft shapes kept coming up and when I found these crochet looking rugs I knew they had potential! I then took some of them apart to work out new configurations and when I found the one that pleased the eye I put them back together in their new form to create two mirror images of soft shapes.

Photo by Lari Lappalainen

NOT SO TRADITIONAL COFFEE TABLE / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO NOT SO TRADITIONAL COFFEE TABLE / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO NOT SO TRADITIONAL COFFEE TABLE / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

NOT SO TRADITIONAL COFFEE TABLE

Lounge area, how to break the rules? Seating is always needed and usually something in the center as well. After I found this plant box, I knew it needed to be brought back to its original form. Succulents are my favorite their forms are architectural and beautiful, so what to plant to ‘not so traditional coffee table’ was a simple decision.

Photo by Lari Lappalainen

PRACTICAL REOBJECT / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO PRACTICAL REOBJECT / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

PRACTICAL RE-OBJECT

I had found this 3-way seating on my travels and now I took it apart into 3 individual slices. Not wanting to reupholster again, I painted them to create re-objects that can work as sculptures, side tables or as occasional seating.

Photo by Lari Lappalainen

‘MAKE ME UP’ / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO ‘MAKE ME UP’ / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO ‘MAKE ME UP’ / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO ‘MAKE ME UP’ / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

‘MAKE ME UP’

Often times I find something that I have no idea where to use it and how. But I know it’s special, I need to get it. I didn’t know this vanity wanted to be born. Mirror, table base and chair were all found over 6 months apart. One day I worked on this Master Bedroom and then it came to me. I put all these found objects together and a new coat of paint did the job. ‘Make me up’ was born.

Photo by Lari Lappalainen

OFFICE ORIGINATED DINING CHAIRS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO OFFICE ORIGINATED DINING CHAIRS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO OFFICE ORIGINATED DINING CHAIRS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

OFFICE ORIGINATED DINING CHAIRS

Most would see these disheveled old office chairs as ready for the scrap heap. I saw their potential and I was eager to bring it out. Steel legs got a new paint job and we changed all the upholstery. The most challenging part were these black plastic armrest. After trying out various ways and techniques I found a way that pleased my eye, weaving leather around them! I can say they turned out to be beautiful and super comfortable dining chairs.

Photo by Lari Lappalainen

REFINED CONFERENCE TABLE / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO REFINED CONFERENCE TABLE / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

REFINED CONFERENCE TABLE

Rectangular table was too small to hold a formal meeting. So by combining two, adding an upholstered leather boarder and staining it dark chocolate brown, I feel that we got to create a more elegant, upscale look for the room to hold important meetings.

Photo by Tiiu Kaitalo

UPLIFTED CABINET / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO UPLIFTED CABINET / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

UPLIFTED CABINET

Cabinet full of deep drawers that did not have full extension glides had awkward storage and it looked heavy all the way around. By raising it up on its legs the whole mood got shifted the same as when a woman puts on her heels. I also felt it needed user friendly storage, so behind the doors we added pull out drawers with full extension glides. By staining it dark chocolate brown, it matched the table and resulting in an elegant and working set for this meeting room.

FRESHENED UP PLANT BOXES / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO FRESHENED UP PLANT BOXES / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

FRESHENED UP PLANT BOXES

Fiberglass plant stands were transformed into unique tables by painting them at the car sprayers and simply by adding tempered glass tops. These stands are versatile, great soft shapes; I used one of them for magazine storage.

BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO TABLE BASE AND CHAIRS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO TABLE BASE AND CHAIRS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO TABLE BASE AND CHAIRS

These curious chairs were already painted and reupholstered in my imagination as soon as I laid my eyes on them, and I just had to bring my vision into reality. They work nicely together with this re-sprayed Kukkapuro’s table base, topped with fuchsia colored glass.

SECRETARY'S SECRET / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO SECRETARY'S SECRET / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

SECRETARY'S SECRET

This unit was liberated from a 70’s bookcase. It used to hold bottles and glasses, now it reveals a hidden gem of a workstation glistening with 15 clear coats on top of special twinkling car paint, only seen by the user.

OLD SCHOOL WORK CLOTHES CABINET & LOCKERS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO OLD SCHOOL WORK CLOTHES CABINET & LOCKERS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO OLD SCHOOL WORK CLOTHES CABINET & LOCKERS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

OLD SCHOOL WORK CLOTHES CABINET & LOCKERS

The design for these metal storage units was inspired by art in the tattoo parlor in which they live. An airbrush artist Risto Heiskanen helped this vision come to life. These old school lockers are now one-of-a-kind pieces.

GUARDIANS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO GUARDIANS / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

GUARDIANS

Thanks to powder coating and custom made drawers, these rusty old horses got a new duty guarding a little sleeping beauty.

LOST HOPE CHAIR / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO LOST HOPE CHAIR / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

LOST HOPE CHAIR

A neglected chair with a few loose screws has found its marbles in this bathroom. And it looks the part with a final touch of silk velvet upholstery.

LITTLE TLC / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO LITTLE TLC / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO LITTLE TLC / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

LITTLE TLC

This classic design was in desperate need of some TLC. After reupholstering them with a carefully chosen fabric to complement the tones of the wood, their former glory has been restored.

Photo by Lari Lappalainen

QUICK MAKE OVER / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO QUICK MAKE OVER / DESIGN CURIOUS / SIRU TUOMISTO

QUICK MAKE OVER

Sometimes all you need is new upholstery.

Photo by Lari Lappalainen

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