Scott Behr and Total Metal Resource, Inc. (TMRnyc) will exhibit at the ever-growing local design show BKLYN DESIGNS for the first time this year. TMRnyc as the name suggests, works exclusively in the world of welding, providing detailed and hand-crafted solutions to everyday design issues. Living and working in the industrial section of Brooklyn, “where metal structures and the ruins of factories populate the landscape,” Behr and his business partner Matthew Warren are surrounded by inspiration.
Electrified Blue Table. Designed by Matthew Warren and Scott Behr of Total Metal Resource, Inc.
“One thing we’ve decided that we’re really interested in is electrifying our furniture so that it becomes truly functional and not just pretty.” This interest is manifested in the small, Electrified Blue Table, debuted in this exclusive video preview and scheduled to appear at BKLYN DESIGNS in less than a month. Complete with an input on the leg of the table and multiple outlets along the table’s edge, it strives to provide a solution for the plethora of plugs necessary to power our modern day technologies: laptops, hard drives, or guitar amps, in accordance with Behr’s own musical interests (evident in his two records released on Thousand Million Records.) The electrified table is a steel frame, lacquered with a light blue graffiti-like spray paint. Clean and simple, this no nonsense table is both functional and fun. Behr’s goal “to make furniture a part of our environments that interface with technology and the devices that we interact with on a daily basis” has come into fruition with this table, his most recent piece.
Scott Behr with TMRnyc—the third in our series of designer profiles/videos leading up to BKLYN DESIGNS 2009 - is likely serving as an introduction to this small Brooklyn design firm. However, if you’ve entered Dean and Deluca, you’ve likely seen some of their work already. The metalwork within this popular gourmet grocery is that of TMR Inc.
Swarf Table. Designed by Scott Behr of Total Metal Resource, Inc.
Another notable new project from TMR is the Swarf Table, which brings together the old and the new (as Brooklyn does); salvaged, laser cut, steel sheet drops are re-purposed for the intricate patterns created from this industrial process. Each table is inevitably unique and can be finished in the raw Brooklyn industrial aesthetic (unfinished or with a clear coat or unfinished), painted or blackened.