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.
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 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.
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.
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.