H87 Abstract Flowing Steel Stair Balustrade

"... stylish, elegant, and bespoke metalwork ..."

Washington DC, USA

This abstract and flowing stair balustrade was commissioned by a customer in Washington DC, who was attracted to the sweeping curvilinear designs featured in much of David's work.

Although the design is contemporary, every inch of the balustrade was hammered to shape (forged) using traditional blacksmithing methods. Most of the railings were made from steel which was burnished then finished with wax. This gave the metal a mottled grey-black tone and highlighted its forged texture. However, the handrail and selected scrolls were forged from stainless steel which was satin polished to act as a bright counterpoint to the darker metal.

The design of the balustrade was deliberately unconstrained and "unbound", hence the overlapping onto the sides of the stairs and balcony. Particular attention was also paid to ensure the design of the balcony and stair railings complemented each other at their intersection.

Some details of the construction of these balustrades can be seen in this page.

An abstract and flowing steel stair balustade