When steel is heated beyond 200°C, it undergoes a wild transformation of colors. The enchanting Tempered Steel Panels are a result of this technique.
Simply set steel plates form an unbroken and expansive canvas on which the beauty of the temper technique really comes into its own.
On their own, the boards are beautiful as decorative panels or wall coverings. When combined with a set of magnets, they also become handy memo boards for displaying images, notes and to-do lists. Thanks to a satin finish, the Tempered Steel Panels can also be used as a whiteboard. Optionally, a matching magnetic board can be added to accommodate markers, notes and other personal items.
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With us, that doesn't just mean giving information about where something has been produced. Our chain starts much earlier: with the designer of the product!
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The Tempered Steel Panels are designed by Max Lipsey. Originally from the US, Max studied in Eindhoven and established his design studio there. His fascination with crafts and manufacturing techniques is evident in his work. The panels are a continuation of his fascination with the colorful qualities of tempered steel. Tempering steel is normally applied to increase the elasticity and plasticity of the material. The Tempered Steel Panels, however, are only tempered to create beautiful colors!
"My biggest goal in designing is to make things that are normally industrially made more spontaneous and vital."Max Lipsey
The Tempered Steel Panels have been part of the Vij5 collection since 2019. The panels are a result of Max's fascination with tempering steel, a technique he has painstakingly developed and carries out in his own studio.
The process of making the Tempered Steel Panels is impressive to watch. When you see Max at work, you automatically share his fascination with you! The beautiful color palette is gradually created from the base material and varies from piece to piece, making each panel in our eyes a unique piece of art. A real eye-catcher that can also be used functionally.
"When you see Max at work, you automatically start to share his fascination with him!"Arjan & Anieke
When we saw a couple of magnet boards in Max's studio, our curiosity was aroused. He had made them with his technique of tempering steel and applied it to them as a test.
The translation took place by making an actual panel of it, with a hanging system. In the first place on A1 size.
In addition, during the development we added a shelf which can be attached to the panel with magnets.
The steel panels that serve as base for the Tempered Steel Panels are manufactured in the Eindhovenregion (NL).
Afterwards they are tempered by Max in the garden of his studio in Eindhoven.
Tempering steel is a technique Max has further developed and applies manually to his products. The color palette of the Tempered Steel Panels originates from the base material and varies per piece, making each panel unique. The product arrives in our studio ready to be used, after which we do a little quality control and pack the panels in a sturdy box!
In the material passport you can find where and by whom the different parts of this product are made.
Tempered Steel Panels
The steel for the panels is shaped and welded into our panels in Best (NL) .
Afterwards the panels come to the studio of designer Max Lipsey in Eindhoven (NL) where each panel is processed by his own developed method.
Important step is that each panel is heated with the gas burner, how hot it gets and the distribution of the heat give each panel its unique appearance.
Transparent lacquer coating
As a final finish, the panels are given a matte transparent lacquer layer in Geldrop (NL). This makes them suitable as a magnet board as well as a memo board.
All panels are checked and packed at Vij5
Made-to-measure brown cardboard packaging made from 80% recycled cardboard, produced in the Netherlands
Material description in location (NL)
A1 size: approx. 84 x 56 cm
In Vij5 collection since 2019
Tempering is a heat treatment in which steel is heated to a certain temperature and then slowly cooled down. The exact temperature and the specific composition of the alloy determine the colour of the final product. When steel is heated beyond 200°C, it undergoes a wild transformation of colors and actually becomes a kind of thermometer where the color represents the height of the temperature.
Want to see the Tempered Steel Panels by Max Lipsey in real life?
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