While researching naval mines for an upcoming design, I came across this fantastic furniture and sculpture from Estonia. The sculptor, Mati Karmin, uses the remains of Russian mines made during WWII. Incredibly, these mines remained active until the early 1990s, at the end of the Soviet occupation. Hundreds of mines were left behind, basically as scrap metal.
Karmin has transformed these mines into furniture, aquaria, fireplaces, and sculpture. Check out the website to drool over his work, or (if you’re like me) drool over the prospect of turning one of those mines into a capsule chair.