Rooted in traditional craftsmanship
A good contemporary piece isn’t all about the overall aesthetics – it is also about quality and craftsmanship. The Ironwork Studio’s work is rooted in the traditional craftsmanship that is relevant equally to both new contemporary designs and to heritage restorations. This is because of the nature of the craft and material: well-forged iron is naturally fluid in form. With a creative mind, traditional skills can be applied in fresh and inspiring ways to create unique craftsman-made contemporary work, adding thoughtful detailing to uplift a minimalist design from something utilitarian to something special.
Description: A pair of pool-side gates working harmoniously together, yet their designs were to achieve opposite purposes, one to frame the view and the other to block it. The Ironwork Studio took inspiration from the main pool side feature, a spherical sculpture by David Harber, which gave rise to a very simple concept of plain […]Read more "Gappe Stones | gates"
Description: a confident modern piece working in harmony with the architectural context. When asked to propose a design for this house The Ironwork Studio took inspiration from the dominating roof feature. The large lead panels, split regularly by the seams, were transformed into the strong base section with the divisions carried upwards until captured between […]Read more "Wilberforce | gates"
Description: Inspired by the bold geometric patterns of the era this gate reflects Carnaby Street’s iconic heritage as the birthplace of swinging London in the 1960’s. This was a stimulating brief, as not only was the design to relate to the Street’s history in some way, but the installation has two purposes: a security gate […]Read more "Carnaby Street | gate"
Description: A minimalist design where just is a little is enough. This design focuses on The Ironwork Studio’s ethos that minimal designs can be uplifted by concentrating on proportions, balance and quality of line. Careful selection of the upright stock size and section (it is rectangular rather than square), combined with a simple forged feature […]Read more "Rhodes | balustrade"
Description: A simple concept inspired by its setting and intended to slowly engage more interest from the viewer the closer they get. Plans for turning the internal space of this derelict barn into a garden included a small pool with railing panels to complete the boundary. As the garden was to be the main […]Read more "Ripple | panels"
Description: A design led, highly specified, refurbishment of a penthouse apartment included the opportunity for a statement balustrade. The interior designer’s mood board provided the outline of ‘pick up sticks’ as the inspiration for the balustrade with the idea that it would provide a little harmonious disorder and artistic contrast to the otherwise well organised […]Read more "Kingston House | balustrade"
Description: The designer, John Maddison, had outlined a beautiful water coloured sketch of his idea for the new Reredos but needed The Ironwork Studio’s expertise and technical help, not only in turning his concept into a reality but at the same time ensuring it embodied honest craftsmanship in its construction. A complicated design necessitating many […]Read more "Ely Cathedral | reredos and alter"