The Rise and Fall of the Steel HouseIn 1947, the Lustron company developed a design for a prefabricated house made of steel. This was seen as a solution to the housing shortage caused by lack of wartime production followed by all those GIs coming home and getting married. The Lustron house not only had a steel frame, but also walls and a roof made of steel covered with porcelain enamel. It was durable, easy to clean, and wouldn't rot, meaning you wouldn't have to paint or repair it. For a few years, it was considered the future of housing. So what happened to this idea? From the perspective of 70 years later, we can see the houses are too small, but that wasn't a big consideration at the time. They would have been really hard to alter or add to, but that wasn't its downfall, either. Rather, it was the company's missteps that led to financial problems that sunk the Lustron steel house. Could a house like this make a comeback? Possibly, with a few tweaks. After all, we still have mobile and modular homes made of metal that can be customized and transported. -via Vox#house #steel #Lustronhouse 
Folded Steel Table by Michael Hilgers Adds an Extra Layer to Put Your Coffee Cup​Michael Hilgers is a Berlin-based architect with a background in cabinetmaking, design, and invention. His designs are usually innovative, with a minimalist aesthetic. Hilgers has reimagined classic product categories using a sensible approach for today's living and working.As part of his NIVO collection and with the help of the manufacturing company CASALA, he has introduced the HOKU side table. Three tables are included in the series, each of which is different in size but has the same folded steel tabletop and function. The bending table surface acts as a multifunctional side table and is inspired by a wave. It acts as a functional second level, space-saving furniture, and a magazine/newspaper rack, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing. The side table is entirely constructed of steel with a matte structural powder coating, while the coffee table has solid oak legs and is available in two sizes.Images by:Chris Van Koeverden#HOKU #Table #Steel #Multifunctional