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Going back to yesteryear…

Although I would consider myself a contemporary designer, I do appreciate design of yesteryear. Two of the projects I am currently busy with are in fairly old houses.

We are currently refurbishing the kitchen of this house of 114 years and in a leafy suburb in Jozi. But what really impressed me was this:

Ornate design and ceiling rose

Original pressed tin ceilings are suddenly surfacing again. The trend is to try and preserve the old…I love it.

Historically, tin ceilings were introduced to North America as an affordable alternative to the exquisite plasterwork used in European homes. They gained popularity in the late 1800’s as Americans sought sophisticated interior design. Durable, lightweight and fireproof, tin ceilings were appealing to home and business owners alike as a functionally attractive design element that was readily available.

It was during the Victorian era (1839–1901) that thin rolled tin-plate was being mass-produced. Between 1890 and 1930, approximately forty-five companies in the United States marketed metal ceilings; most were in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, located along railroad lines that served as the main routes for delivering the pressed metal products directly to contractors. Sheets of tin were stamped one at a time using rope drop hammers and cast iron molds. Using this method of production, metal was sandwiched between two interlocking tools.

In the 1930s, tin ceilings began to lose their popularity and ceilings as a design element were ignored. In the 21st century, some renewed interest has been shown in tin ceilings. ~ Wikipedia

Different design

The other house is in Roodepoort and is about 45 years old. (Sorry don’t have pic).We will be refurbishing the kitchen and dining room into an open plan area.  The ceiling height in the two areas are at different heights. The dilemma is whether to keep the tin ceilings or rip them out.  I have suggested we try and replicate it with the polystyrene versions to help keep the character of the house.  The client has yet to decide.  Two guesses what I want?

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