One of the great pleasures of working in interior design is the creative freedom you have to take different elements – different styles, different materials, different techniques – and make something new and unique from them.
One recent project we were commissioned to work on offered a great example of how this can often involve combining elements of the traditional with the contemporary. The client in question owned a large detached property built with a nod to the past – the stone arch detail around the front door, for example – but also with plenty of contemporary features, such as the large floor to roof feature window dominating the front elevation.
Glass and Stainless was contracted to carry on this theme with three installations, namely a staircase, a balcony and a Juliet balcony.
Although we specialise in glass and stainless steel, our aim is always to deliver the right solution for each individual project we work on, regardless of the style or the materials we use. So after discussions with the client, it was clear they had something specific in mind for the staircase – a cutting edge ‘floating’ installation in glass balustrades, but instead of stainless steel posts, they requested a more traditional oak wood, to match the wood flooring already in place.
A floating staircase is a wonderful way to leave space open around a stairwell installation, as there is no boxing off of the space underneath the boards. In this case, with three rises involved, the ‘no supports’ floating look achieved a stunning effect, creating a real visual feature for the space.
To complement this, we also chose a ‘no newels’ design, with no posts between the glass balustrade panels. This added to the sense of light and space created by the floating design, providing clear lines of sight through much of the staircase. That left the treads, riser and handrail to be constructed out of solid oak, finished in Osmo white oil to match the flooring – a perfect combination of tradition and cutting edge.
Elsewhere on the project, we decided to compliment the modernistic look of the property’s exterior by pairing a frameless glass balcony with the feature window. This installation of a single 21.52mm toughened laminated glass panel straight onto the available stonework to create a balcony balustrade created a simple yet striking effect, adding to the overall aesthetic impact of the glass used in the feature window.
Finally, we installed a 316 grade stainless steel Juliet balcony with 12mm toughened glass infills. In this case, the stainless steel was required to create the balustrade frame for the Juliet balcony. As there was no other wood on the exterior of the building, stainless steel felt a better choice than oak, and offers much greater durability, especially the ‘marine grade’ low corrosion 316 steel we use as standard on our external installations.