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22-14 40th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
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 Michael Daniel has been working professionally as a metal artist since 1993.

 

Michael designs and fabricates metal work for the trade, retail buyers and individuals. He works with architects and interior designers to create pieces that range from large-scale installations to decoration and furniture for residences and stores and other businesses.

 

Michael has also created metal furnishings and sculpture for several restaurants, such as Gramercy Tavern, Craft, Hearth, Insieme and Terroir. He has also created metal work for various retailers, companies and institutions ranging from Kenneth Cole to Pace University. 

 

Michael also offers beginning welding and metal sculpting classes in his studio in Queens, New York City.

 

Blog

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Studio Time with Silas

Michael Daniel

It's summertime, which means that Silas is on break from school and I get to spend time with him at my studio. Yesterday, Silas and I finished a project that he had started last week. I try not to involve myself too much in his design process: I let him find his own materials in the studio, figure out how he wants the pieces to fit together, and how he wants the final piece to look and function. I let him do all of the work himself except for the bits that obviously require adult supervision (e.g., if a piece of steel or wood needs to be cut). Silas tells me exactly where he wants the cuts to be made by drawing on the wood with a pencil or on the metal with chalk.

Here's Silas' presentation of his first completed design. He did a great job!

Furniture Design by Silas on YouTube

Silas and I will be doing more projects over the next few weeks. We're having a lot of fun with this so we may even turn it into a weekly blog post.

Furniture Design by Silas

Recycled Plumber's Pipe Fireplace Screen

Michael Daniel

Finally, after months and months and months, I was able to get around to making a removeble, decorative fireplace screen for the wonderful Chee-Zefi family.  I needed to make a screen that was also childproof, so I designed this screen to lift up and out -- easy for an adult but too heavy for a child.  This fireplace was constructed out of various sizes of recycled plumber's pipe, which I wire brushed.  I then welded the pieces of pipe into a tubing frame that has a blackened finish.

 Fireplace before screen.

Fireplace before screen.

 Recycled Plumber's Piper Fireplace Screen

Recycled Plumber's Piper Fireplace Screen

 Recycled Plumber's Pipe Fireplace Screen

Recycled Plumber's Pipe Fireplace Screen

Retractable Cords for Lighting Fixtures

Michael Daniel

I am working on a lighting project for a client and have been searching all over for retractable cords that I could use in the lighting fixture that I am designing. It seems that the cords have gone the way of the dodo bird. I'm basically looking for a cord that would be used in the same manner as the old retractable lights from the 50's and 60's. Does anyone out there know where I can find these cords?

Here's an example that I found on the great Retro Renovation blog:

Retro Retractable Lighting Fixtures

Window Guard and Sign for Il Bambino

Michael Daniel

We started going to this great cafe in our neighborhood right after Silas was born. It had just opened a month or so before, so it was perfect timing. We were so happy to find a comfortable spot to go with the little man, where we could get really good food and coffee. Darren, the owner, is a really great chef and fun to chat with. I made a bench for Il Bambino last summer, and we sat there almost every evening and had coffee (well, not Silas).

Silas hanging out at Il Bambino
Silas hanging out at Il Bambino

Darren is going to expand the restaurant with outdoor seating in the back garden, and asked me to make a window guard and sign for the back.

Cutout Pig and Letters
Cutout Pig and Letters

Sliding Doors for a Residence in the Flatiron District

Michael Daniel

I have the pleasure of working again with the very talented interior designer, Maria Chee. Maria asked me to design some sliding doors for one of her clients, who has an apartment in the Flatiron District in Manhattan. I'm going to do a variation of my Sandstone patina, and then we're going to insert some 3-Form resin in the open areas. 

 Patinaed frames

Patinaed frames

 Detail of sliding door frame

Detail of sliding door frame

 Almost completed door frames, just waiting for resin inserts

Almost completed door frames, just waiting for resin inserts

Gramercy Tavern Light Fixtures

Michael Daniel

Gramercy Tavern asked me to design some new light fixtures for their main dining room. Here are some photos of the work in progress and the finished product. 

 Light fixture frame (before copper mesh)

Light fixture frame (before copper mesh)

 With and without copper mesh

With and without copper mesh

 All three finished light fixtures at Gramercy Tavern

All three finished light fixtures at Gramercy Tavern

 Finished light fixture, hanging in the main dining room at Gramercy Tavern

Finished light fixture, hanging in the main dining room at Gramercy Tavern

Zeitgeist Monitor Stands

Michael Daniel

This summer I helped my friend Denny work on a picnic table and benches for his girlfriend Amy. While he was working at my studio, he ran into an old friend of his, James, who was opening a new sound studio in the neighborhood. James needed monitor stands for his new space, so Denny and I hooked him up. 

 Plumbers pipe, cut and ready to be pieced together.

Plumbers pipe, cut and ready to be pieced together.

 One of the designs in progress...

One of the designs in progress...

 Denny working on one of the monitor stands

Denny working on one of the monitor stands

 Almost finished monitor stand

Almost finished monitor stand

 Finished stands for Zeitgeist Sound Studios

Finished stands for Zeitgeist Sound Studios