Leaving an Impression
This has been one of those projects that I've been overwhelmingly honoured to be a part of and here's why...
My client's daughter lives in Canada but has returned for a year to spend some quality time with her mum. My brief was to design and make a Juliette balcony for their house and, as they were telling me their story, we discussed the idea of creating somethign that would remind them of their daughter.
The end result - a balcony that uses the daughter's thumb print as the design: every time my clients pull up to their house, they have a beautiful remind of their daughter. What an impression!
Ballustrade with Bullrushes
Having met these customers at Helmingham Hall, I looked forward to working on this commission... an indoor ballustrade for their apartment building - an old oast house.
As an architect, this customer has amazing good taste - the apartment had a lots of Scandinavian influence. Situated by the river, this old oast house is now a small complex of apartments.
I wanted to include influences from the surroundings in my design; bullrushes feature in this burnished steel balustrade with lacquered high-gloss finish. Blue and silver marbles complement the bullrushes to complete this striking entrance into the apartment.
A traditional pair of gates made for a client. It's only under exceptional circumstances I will do old-skool metalwork these days.
This kind of metal fettling looks easy but it isn't! Clean lines & geometric shapes and classical styling means that these gates must be made with precision. Not my favourite process but by far the best finish. When round bar passes through flat bar at an angle, the hole needs reaming out by hand to give a seamless joint.
An expanse of 10 ft to fit the client's space, the finished product was sprayed a light green and installed in place - the design absolutely suits the client's surroundings.
12' 60/40 Gate
I enjoy projects where my clients allow me to run riot with my designs! Here are a pair of gates installed in Offton, near Ipswich. A 12 ft span with a 60/40 split allowing for a pedestrian gate to the side. All left in bare steel so that they rust.
Bending ... lots of bending - welding together of each of the components - referring back to the original, agreed drawing at each stage. The detail's all important when working on a commission
The end result: The gates span a 12' space and are designed as 60/40 gates (rather than two equal gates), to allow for pedestrian access.
The Patio Table
Here's a table from early 2017 for some wonderful clients I met over the previous Christmas.
The design for the base is inspired by the gnarly willow trees lining the banks of the river Stour between Flatford and Dedham where I grew up.
Every project begins with a drawing and a prototype - all of this happens before any metal is cut or welded. A prototype is formed; a template to test the viability of materials and to calculate loading etc.
Once we're happy with the prototype, and we've made all calculations and measurements, the base of the table is formed. We create a template of the table top for the glass cutter - accuracy at every stage is crucial.
The Curious Case of Claude
The story of a spider, from concept to installation in his new home.
Commissioned by clients to produce a 10ft x 10ft spider to be installed in their 12ft garden... definitely one of my stranger commissions! From the initial consultation and drawings, my workshop became full of legs and joints!
As Claude began to take shape, he was partially constructed at my workshop to ensure that the structure worked. Claude needed to be made in sections in order to deliver to the client's garden. The body of Claude! All ready to visit his new home and be connected to his legs!
And here he is - Claude in his new garden - a gigantic arachnid arbor looking out over our client's garden ... and happy clients they are too!
And.... the finale - a happy spider and a happy spider creator!