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Nikolai Tabachkov

Nikolai Tabachkov Blacksmith
Russian, English
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+7 9031005728
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The science of artisanal forging

  • • Nikolai studied engraving and jewellery art before turning to ironwork
  • • His work includes chandeliers, wrought iron staircases and installations
  • • He taught artistic metalwork in Moscow for 12 years

With more than 20 years of ironwork experience behind him, Nikolai Tabachkov seeks to make traditional artisanal forging resonate with contemporary interior concepts. He finds inspiration in everything from ancient engravings to natural wonders. A graduate of the Moscow State Stroganov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts, Nikolai later returned to his alma mater as a teacher. He founded his Art Metal Lab studio in 2003 with the aim of making traditional crafts fashionable. Today, he compares the diversity of works that he makes with a periodic table: "In some of the cells you find the techniques that I have mastered, those are the known elements, while some others are yet to be explored or even discovered. The white spaces are the most intriguing!"

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New Baroque II

The armchair was created as a rethinking of the palace armchairs. The classic form in the author's performance. The structure of the chair is created as a spatial structure in which the back of the chair flows smoothly into the supporting structure that holds the front legs. Forged parts are made as realistic as possible. They create the feeling of a precious ornament. This performance contrasts with the selected material. Pure steel and wood are brutal enough and give a reference to modernity.

Height 90 cm
Width 65 cm
Diameter 75 cm

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New Baroque I

Hand forged metal chair in baroque style. The cut-through ornaments were made with laser cutting.

Height 900 cm
Width 75 cm
Diameter 75 cm

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Acanthus Panel

This decorative panel was made using ancient blacksmithing techniques. The hand forged acanthus leaf is placed on a rusted sheet of metal and then etched with floral details. With this piece, Nikolai’s aim was to show traditional blacksmithing patterns out of their usual context to create an independent work of art.

Height 100 cm
Width 100 cm

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Nature Object

This hand forged steel coat hanger was inspired by the work of the famous photographer, Karl Blossfeldt. With this piece, Nikolai found a solution to materialize the mesmerizing language of macro-plant photography.

Height 180 cm

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Ampir Parade Entrance

Monumental hand forged fence with floral ornaments. It was created for a private residency and it includes two gates. Each piece of the project was hand forged and designed especially for the project.

Height 450 cm
Width 480 cm

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