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January 27, 2014
A laser cutter or water-jet cutter can add a whimsical, decorative flourish to virtually any space. Here, from Dwell's archives, are seven creative uses of perforated metal.
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  A photograph of dappled sunlight filtering through treetops inspired he perforation pattern in the medium-density overlay plywood solar screen that serves as the exterior for this house in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse, New York. Photo by Richard Barnes.

    A photograph of dappled sunlight filtering through treetops inspired he perforation pattern in the medium-density overlay plywood solar screen that serves as the exterior for this house in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse, New York. Photo by Richard Barnes.

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  A leafy pattern, carved by a water-jet cutter, allows views through the sides of this pavilion in Dallas' College Park—an aesthetic touch that doubles as a nod to security in the park, where crime has been an issue. Photo by Architexas.

    A leafy pattern, carved by a water-jet cutter, allows views through the sides of this pavilion in Dallas' College Park—an aesthetic touch that doubles as a nod to security in the park, where crime has been an issue. Photo by Architexas.

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  Perforated aluminum cladding surrounds the lower-level public area of this apartment building in Mumbai, India. "With the lights glowing from inside, it turns the whole building into a big lantern at night," says architect Robert Schultz. Photo by Edmund Sumner.  Photo by Edmund Sumner.

    Perforated aluminum cladding surrounds the lower-level public area of this apartment building in Mumbai, India. "With the lights glowing from inside, it turns the whole building into a big lantern at night," says architect Robert Schultz. Photo by Edmund Sumner.

    Photo by Edmund Sumner.
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  A water jet was used to carve a whimsical pattern in the aluminum fence outside this house in Arlington, Virginia.

    A water jet was used to carve a whimsical pattern in the aluminum fence outside this house in Arlington, Virginia.

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  Perforated-metal screens in the bathroom of this house in Hennepin, Illinois, create a pointillist perspective on the landscape.  Courtesy of Justin Reid.

    Perforated-metal screens in the bathroom of this house in Hennepin, Illinois, create a pointillist perspective on the landscape.

    Courtesy of Justin Reid.
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  In a 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment, an origami-like desktop unfolds to reveal a perforated-steel divider that allows for the passage of computer cables hidden inside the office compartment. Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by Raimund Koch.

    In a 450-square-foot Manhattan apartment, an origami-like desktop unfolds to reveal a perforated-steel divider that allows for the passage of computer cables hidden inside the office compartment. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    Photo by Raimund Koch.
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  A laser-cut-steel staircase connects the two floors of an apartment that an American-born architect shares with his wife and daughter in Paris. Photo by Filippo Bamberghi.  Photo by Filippo Bamberghi.

    A laser-cut-steel staircase connects the two floors of an apartment that an American-born architect shares with his wife and daughter in Paris. Photo by Filippo Bamberghi.

    Photo by Filippo Bamberghi.
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Perforated sunscreen, Syracuse, New York

A photograph of dappled sunlight filtering through treetops inspired he perforation pattern in the medium-density overlay plywood solar screen that serves as the exterior for this house in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse, New York. Photo by Richard Barnes.

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