INDUSTRIA METAL is a design driven Australian furniture company by boilermaker turned designer/maker, John McDermott. John makes products that he loves and wants to live with in his own home. With a background in heavy engineering and a formal training in silversmithing, items are designed and built to a very high standard. He wants his products to look simple but be built with integrity and strength.
Typical products in the INDUSTRIA METAL range are metal furniture and vertical gardens for both residential and commercial environments, though custom shopfitting projects are also common. The vertical garden range can be seen in bars, restaurants, and office spaces across Melbourne and interstate. However, the home environment is the most common setting and the frames can be custom made to function as anything from a small herb garden to an entire green wall.
You can request to have an item custom made and John will guide you through the process from inception to delivery.
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Where do you get your inspiration?
"Simple, geometric designs provide most of my inspiration. I can't draw by hand so I prefer the accuracy of technical drawings. I use computer aided design these days but I still have a soft spot for a pair of compasses and set squares."
What has been your favourite piece and why?
"My Zed stool as it is simple, eye catching and works very well. It was inspired by Dutch design in the 1930s."
What is your favourite material to work with?
"Mild steel. We're surrounded by it; our fridges, washing machines, cars are all made from it. It's simple to work with and looks great with a powdercoated finish."
If you were to expand your product range to something entirely different, what would it be?
"I'd love to make a bicycle. I've always been into bikes and my girlfriend is Dutch which means she was more or less born on a bike so they're part of my daily life. Most bikes come from factories in Taiwan and they're aluminium welds are fantastic. I'm a dork."
Describe your products in three words...
"Affordable. Handmade. Modern."
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