Modern architecture has a style that cannot be mistaken with any other style of architecture from the past. It is both sharp and smooth edges. It can be natural materials mixed with industrial. There are creative uses of glass and metal. For a modern building, the accents should match the overall intent of the architect to craft something that is both grounded in the now, but also has a taste of the future.
This modern law office in downtown Chicago reached out to us to redesign the handrails on the stairs leading up to their main office. This space is their greeting card to clients, the first part of the building they see once they step inside. It was such an interesting space to consider what we wanted to do for the design. This particular entryway was that interesting modern style mix of natural materials, the wood floors, and glass and metal, the walls. One of the first thing we noticed was the edginess of it all. We decided to invoke that with the new railings that we designed.
The final product is made with wrought iron stainless steel look and brushed to create a satin finish. This leaves the natural color of the metal to shine through and add to the elements already existing in the building. They have a flat design to allow them to almost float along the walls, giving a place to ground oneself upon going up the stairs. Wrought iron material is a great metal to work with because it is versatile. It can pick up accents in a room and end up looking silvery in the right lights. It gives the space a sense of sturdiness and elegance. Another bonus to painting stainless steel color? It maintains its color well. Other metals can take on a more aged look over time, which is great in some buildings, but in a modern office? By using this material it will keep looking new for a long time to come.
Due to the different materials of the building, glass on the left and wall panels on the right, we went with two different designs on either side of the stairwell. The metal was crafted in the same way with the same finish giving it a sense of harmony, even if one is wall mounted and the other held up by the floor. That sort of mismatched, but seamless, design is another great feature of modern architecture. It is the angles and combination of materials that give a space a sense of its own self.
Are you interested in giving your space, either residential or commercial, a new sense of space by adding a custom hand rail? Are you ready to add some metalwork accents to liven up your building no matter its age? Give us a call, we would be happy to design something specific for you! We are your leading Chicagoland metal fabrication boutique shop!