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Make A Strong Design Statement With Architectural Metalwork
30 April 2015
Materials such as iron and steel have long been used as design elements in architecture, but they’re now really starting to show their mettle as an important component of many different decorating trends such as industrial chic, minimalism and Scandinavian simplicity.
Many steel fabricators are now finding that their workshops and machining equipment aren’t only taken up with jobs for heavy industry, they’re also increasingly being asked to produce stylish and detailed items for interior design projects and architectural applications.
For example, more and more architects and designers are using punched or perforated sheet metal as decorative features (for example wall art, building facades and screens) as well as using metal and steel for functional purposes such as balustrade panels and ceilings.
Also, technological advances in computer controlled machining equipment have made it possible for steel fabricators to produce highly accurate and complicated products in a variety of different materials, thicknesses and finishes. Importantly, these machines have enabled even short production runs or one-off designs to be done very cost-effectively which is an important plus for the architectural and design industry.
Here are just some of the different ways that sheet metal is being used as a high-end, high quality feature in interior design and architectural applications:
- Fencing and infill panels
- Shop fitting and signage
- Stainless steel bench tops and splashbacks for kitchens and bathrooms
- Room dividers
- Sunscreens and privacy screens
- Wall art
- Landscaping features
- Designer staircases
- Feature panels
A further reason for the growing popularity of steel and metal in architecture and interior design is that they combine functionality with beauty. The materials are hard-wearing, long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free which make them ideal for both interior and exterior environments.
Items that have been punched (such as a metal screen) can also be further processed by some steel fabricators using specialised tooling equipment which opens up a whole new world of design and practical possibilities. For example, sheet metal that has been perforated can be powder-coated in various colours, plated or anodised plus the edges or borders can be ‘folded’ into the panel.
Better still, if you are looking to create a unique design, you should contact a steel fabricator who has the appropriate equipment to produce an item that can meet your individual specifications – either from drawings or from your own digital file.
Anyone looking for an experienced and capable steel fabricator in Perth to handle their architectural or interior design metalwork requirements should look no further than WA Steel, a locally owned and operated business with almost 30 years’ of industry experience. Visit their website to see their full range of services including laser cutting, CNC punching, bending and welding or call them on 08 9377 3778 for professional, expert advice on anything to do with architectural metalwork including materials, thicknesses and finishes for both residential and commercial applications.