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MINE Furniture by Marinemine Makes a Bang

Reuse has been taken to a whole new level by Estonian sculptor Mati Karmin, the creator of MINE-furniture design. Instead of scavenging through post-industrial waste or unwanted furniture and buildings, Karmin is tapping into an un-mined resource, a literal field of old sea mines found off the shores of Naissaar. His designs reuse exhausted mine casings for everything from fireplaces to baby cribs.

Mine Fireplace. Designed by Mati Karmin.

That Chair is Mine

Karmin developed a fascination with the mine shells and began collecting them about five years ago. This ain't no PEZ collection, talk about a hefty collectible, with each shell weighing in at 1140 kg a pop. The history of Naissaar is worth reading up on, as its fate has been determined by its strategic position in the Gulf of Finland, where it has been attracting military forces since 1705. I have to say collection is a little unnerving, while the pieces are extremely functional in their design, Karmin makes no attempt to mask the prior life of the mine shells. In terms of sustainability, its an impressive reuse of a pretty unusable item, although I imagine there is a lot of energy involved in moving and adapting the shells.

Seating, Chair
Seating, Chair
Chair, Seating

About the Designer: Mati Karmin is Estonian in origin and studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts, majoring in sculpture. His group and solo exhibitions began soon after graduation with a focus on bronze as a classical material for sculpture. He is characterized as an intense and versatile artist, one of the most well known in Estonia.

via Inhabitat
Posted March 30th, 2011 by Amanda Smith


  • Wilson Karen64 says:

    Amanda your not kidding about “Reuse has been taken to a whole new level”
    As soon as I saw the mine fireplace I thought, wow now that is so different.

    The creator Mati Karmin designs have an extremely industrial, hard look which remind me of the dark ages.
    I appreciation this designers work not sure if it will fit with a Eames Sofa Compact. What do you think?

    • Greencritic says:

      I think it depends on the color of the Eames Sofa and the overall vibe of the space. I can see it working in loft space with a rugged flooring or an old brick wall. It could also be really cool as the focal piece in an ultra modern space. I totally agree with you that Karmin’s style is extremely industrial, but if you want to make the fireplace work I think its definitely possible.

  • Modern Beds says:

    An old-fashioned rose tree was climbing on one side of the house almost to the roof getting ready to burst into a riot of red vibrant colors. Inside the house was equally as magical and held an abundance of decorations in every room that was so .

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  • The mine fire place is something totally different, at first sight it looks scary, like something out of the middle ages! Would like to own one.
    The perambulator surely is just for decoration, how can you move it, if each shell is weighing in at 1140 kg a pop - poor child.

  • Multifunctional rooms, such as kitchens with office, homework and reading … “Look for furniture with clean lines and sleek legs, a muted color palette of

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