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This man takes WWII relics and turns them into baby carriages and bathtubs

Published by Business Insider on Mon, 09 Nov 2015

Estonian artist Mati Karmin uses sea mines created during World War II to create one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture.The frames used for the pieces, which include everything from a bed to a bathtub, are constructedusing historical deep-sea mines that were made in Russia in 1942. Built and used in the Baltic Sea and in the Gulf of Finland during the war, sea minescontinuedto be produced well into the 1950s.Thousands of these sea mineswere held in warehouses on the Gulf of Finland in destinations like the island ofNaissaar, which was classified as a secret military facility during the Soviet occupation.In the 1990s, the Soviet army burned the explosives out of the mines that were still in working order, leaving their cases on the island.Karmin, who has alwayshad a passion for working with unusual materials, was having hiscar fixed at an auto shop in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, when he came across one of the emptymarinemineshells more than 10 years ago. In need of a new fireplace, he was immediately fascinatedby theshape and decided to transform the mine into something new.Soon,hisfriends began to ask if he could make the same type of furniture for them. And that's when Marinemine Furniture was born.Using themine shells, which are basically spheres with holes, spikes, and shackles,the artist adds hand-treated copperdetails, metal mesh, leather upholstery, and glass surfaces to build theseunique yet functionalworks of art.Although Karmin's pieces are custom made and prices vary depending on design, itemstypicallyrange from approximately$3,000 to $20,000. Attracted to the fact that these mines still bearthe stamp of their destructive purpose, Karmin has taken what was once a deadly weapon and turned it into something to be admired.SEE ALSO:This 'floating' coffee-table is like a giant, jiggly Rubik's CubeDON'T FORGETFollow Business Insider's Lifestyle page on Facebook!Join the conversation about this storyNOW WATCH: An artist has completely re-envisioned the most mundane piece of furniture
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