Ken Girardini and Julie Girardini

Girardini Fine Art and Design

"We are inspired by the duality of metal -- how it can be molten and fluid in one state and cool and structured in another."

In this husband and wife partnership, Ken is the welder and Julie the finisher. Together, they create objects for the home that look artful and sculptural even before a bottle of merlot or a daisy is added.

To begin, Ken and Julie gather metal bits and pieces from around their studio and try different combinations of scale and size until they find a basic form with aesthetic appeal. Ken draws from his background with NASA to engineer these designs. Their pieces are built from structural or cold-finished steel, welded, polished and ground until smooth.