Posts Tagged ‘custom’

Making A 3,000lb Onyx Vanity / Sink & Suspending It From A Ceiling

January 4, 2011

In the spring of 2010, the owners of Barbacoa Restaurant in Boise, Idaho, came to Impact Imports to help them decorate their new restaurant with unique pieces. One of the most unique pieces is the men’s room vanity / sink. It is made from a single piece of onyx stone and has 2 sinks and a tissue holder hand cut into the surface. The goal was to install this sink suspended from the ceiling on heavy anchor chains. As you can see from the pictures, this feat was accomplished. Here is how we did it:

On a trip to Indonesia in April of 2010, I began to hunt down and find all the pieces requested by Barbacoa. The most difficult piece was the men’s room vanity / sink combination. However, we knew the perfect supplier to make this piece. So it was only a matter of getting there, finding the stone and then begin the sometimes-difficult task of explaining how we wanted it. The travel time involved to get to this supplier in East Java, Indonesia, was approximately 36 combined hours from Boise. But, it was well worth the trip.

Upon arrival, I hooked up with a friend and began the search for the perfect piece. It had to be no more than 6 feet long and the depth would eventually be cut to 24-28 inches. The first picture in the series below shows the piece I found as it sits upside down on a pile of onyx stones. My friend is negotiating the price with the owner of the stone, and she was a tough one to bargain with! I chose this piece because it was exactly 6 ft long, and the angle on the bottom of the piece made it ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Compliant, saving a tremendous amount of manufacturing time. After about 3 hours, the stone was delivered to the supplier for cutting.

The supplier has these huge wet saws that cut through this material like butter! Most of the main cuts were simply "eyeballed," as I was kind of creating this piece on the fly. I think we pushed this through the big blades about 6 or 7 times to fine tune everything. Next came the layout of the sinks, the tissue box, the cavities behind the sink to hide the plumbing, the holes for the drains and, most difficult of all, the holes for hanging the sink from the ceiling. To find the center of balance (so the sink would hang relatively flat before we tied it to the wall with bolts) I had the supplier turn the sink upside down and balance it on pieces of bamboo! Highly scientific approach!

The end result is one of the coolest vanity / sink combinations you will ever see! We hope you enjoy it! Thanks, Barbacoa! Searching, cutting, hand crafting & installing the coolest vanity / sink combo ever!  


Barbacoa Restaurant in Boise Opening Today, December 30, 2010

December 29, 2010

After the original building burned down in a dramatic fire on January 1st, it has been a long year of rebuilding the Barbacoa Restaurant in Boise, Idaho. But, the project is complete! Barbacoa Restaurant opens today, December 30, 2010, with a VIP Dinner for family, suppliers and contractors. Owners Robert and Martine Castoro deserve the best of luck with their new place, and they should be very proud of their new design and overall efforts to meet their schedule, as the construction of this building was quite a feat!

Impact Imports is proud to have been chosen as a supplier for some of the very unique, custom pieces that were created and installed for their customer’s enjoyment. Here are pictures of the pieces we helped design / create as they were found, created or being manufactured by some of our best suppliers in Indonesia. you will have to go to Barbacoa soon to see them in their new home!

When you go to Barbacoa, look for the following pieces from Impact Imports:

* Men’s Room Vanity / Sinks: Cut from a single piece of gray / brown onyx we discovered in east Java, you will find this piece hanging from the ceiling on beefy anchor chains!
* Pink Onyx Tile: All the walls in the women’s room are covered with this tile from floor to ceiling! Very dramatic!
* Round Settee: While waiting for your table to become available for dinner, you will enjoy people watching while sitting on the custom manufactured woven cow hide settee made in Bantul, Java, Indonesia! It looks like a computer ‘pixilated’ it!
* Tree Trunk Hostess Stands: Made from a single tree trunk we found in Bali, these three very organic looking pieces will greet you when you check in for a table with your friends!
* Resin Filled Teak Root Balls: Fun and interesting 2 foot diameter stools you can rest upon in the lobby and the VIP room, these are large teak root balls filled with broken glass and resin.
* Skulls & Glass: Created by a very talented supplier in Bali, these cow skulls have hand blown glass horns. You will find these in the men’s room.
* Glowing Onyx: The front of the new Barbacoa Bar is surfaced with honey onyx from East Java Island and back lit for dramatic effect.
* Teak Aqueducts & Crystal: The light above the bar was created using long, antique teak aqueducts found in Central Java Island. Barbacoa employees added crystals, giving the illusion of water dripping from the old water distribution system.
* Stone Plates: Order a terrific steak from the kitchen, and it will be delivered on a polished granite stone from East Java.
* Hand Made Giant Pots: The mission: "Find us the largest pots you can!" Mission accomplished! See them at the entry. Hand made in Bali by very talented artisans!
* Fire Pit Tables: Hand cut from large river boulders, these three fire pits will be the destination for outdoor dining in Boise when the weather allows. All the other table on the patio are also made from natural stone from East Java.
* Cypress Tree Root Room Divider: You’ll have a hard time resisting touching this beautiful piece as you walk by it! But, go ahead……
* Cow Horn Sculpture: Real cow horns from Madura Island, Indonesia, wrapped in barbed wire sit atop the woven cow hide settee in the lobby. After all, Barbacoa is a great place for steaks……
* Glowing Tree Bark: When you’re in the Taco Bar area of Barbacoa, look up! The light shades are made from tree bark from Central Java Island, Indonesia.
* Sea Coral Pot: Found on Madura Island, Indonesia, this 1 million (+/-) year old limestone pot was an underwater volcanic vent. Sea coral lines the inside of this pot which was extracted from the ground on the property of one of our suppliers about 150 foot in elevation above sea level. This piece adds dramatic effect to Barbacoa’s exterior landscape!

Enjoy your visits to Barbacoa! Impact Imports Items Installed at Barbacoa Restaurant