Diesel Concept Store on Rush Street
Façade panels for the Diesel Store in Chicago were designed by BAMDesign with Michilli Construction. The designer developed a panel layout with exposed fasteners and engaged Zahner to assist in developing a distressed surface for the store front.
The result was a unique, Blackened Steel patina created by the Zahner team. Hand-applied to 80 panels of 12ga galvanized steel, the custom patina architecturally conveys the look of Diesel’s distressed jeans. Blackened Steel patina was also applied in smaller scope within the project interior. Initially dark and mottled in appearance, the exterior metalwork has naturally oxidized over time, taking on a gray tone in reaction to the urban environment.
Blackened steel refers to a number of techniques which can be used to produce a blackened finish on steels. Among the processes include chemical baths and finishes, cold-coatings, hot-coatings with various levels of success. In many architectural uses, blackened steel may refer to galvanized steel with a blackened zinc patina oxide.