Using the style and ethos of period work as inspiration to create unique designs with an exquisite and enduring timeless classic feel.
The Ironwork Studio’s ‘in the spirit of’ approach is for those whose focus is on balancing contemporary needs and tastes, rather than accurately imitating historical references. These projects look to classic forms for their inspiration but the rules and styles, instead of being obediently followed as for authentic period work, are played with and developed to create new & distinct pieces – keeping our traditional styles alive by taking them in new directions.
In a heritage setting this approach can be particularly useful as it naturally follows the conservation principle of new work being identifiable while at the same time positively evidencing historical development. The attitude here focuses on ‘managing change’ and is inclusive of the values of owners and local communities, as their preferences can be considered, rather than decisions being dominated by heritage experts. It therefore allows for maintenance of the material while at the same time following conservation principles.
Description: a design showing off the beauty of the blacksmiths craft with flowing curves and an eloquence of detailing and build quality though the jointing design. Inspired by the work of the Belgian Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta, with a brass handrail and bronze effect paint finish. Service: Concept Design & Specification Architect: Chris Dyson […]Read more "Lyall Mews | balustrade"
Description: an understated and sophisticated balustrade for a grand staircase. Creating the right first impression was of utmost importance for the Yeatman Hotel, a Relais & Chateaux member, which prides itself on providing the epitome of sumptuousness to its guests. Nestled on a hillside the stunning entrance foyer is on the uppermost floor with a […]Read more "Yeatman Hotel | balustrade"
Description: A unique contemporary design inspired by historical design references within the Cathedral. The new entrance to Shrewsbury Cathedral won a Shropshire Council Design and Conservation Award ‘Commendation’ in the New Design in the Historic Environment category. The work was part of a redevelopment programme to improve access into and out of the front entrance […]Read more "Shrewsbury Cathedral | front entrance"
Description: A traditional main entrance layout given a contemporary twist with an updated fresh take on traditional ironwork. One of the finest country house hotels in England, Lucknam is a member of the Relais & Châteaux hotel & restaurant group, which in addition to luxurious facilities, is known for distinguished properties & settings. The stone […]Read more "Lucknam Park Hotel | entrance"
Description: a family of ironwork in which each piece is individually designed to work to its best. Composed of three sets of gates and an arbour, this “family” of works has common stylistic themes, but great individuality in each iteration. The Ironwork Studio was asked for ironwork that would complement a relaxed country garden with […]Read more "Silchester | family of gates"
Description: designed to impress, this opulent balustrade incorporates a modern take on Baroque. Fitting in with the interior designers Baroque based mood board for the entrance lobby, the classical continuous ‘s’ scroll was to form the basis of the ironwork design, but it was agreed that the overall finished feel was to be a simplified […]Read more "Palace court | balustrade"
Description: a new entrance installed to mark the 60th birthday of the 6th Duke of Westminster at Eaton Estate in Cheshire. Made by master smiths, the detailing of this piece shows off the very best of the blacksmith’s craft. The estate can be traced back to the early 1440’s and at its heart sits Eaton […]Read more "Eaton Park | commemorative gates"
Description: A new balustrade for the external stepped entrance to a 17th Century Scots Tower House. The brief was for a bespoke design for a main entrance, but one that blended with the feel and age of the property. The two large horizontal panels at the top of the stairs were to be decorated and […]Read more "Worminstoune House | balustrade"
Description: A new Gothic style gate design to complement the c1900 Grade II entrance. The original gates were missing, but otherwise the c1900 south entrance was intact with its Gothic style railings, ashlar piers and dwarf walls. New gates were needed to secure the park, but there was no evidence of the original design for […]Read more "Barnes Park | gates"