Day 7/365 of Steel – The Beauty of Steel

Sorry boys & girls, this time no focus on a specific steel project. Today, a brief interlude in which I reflect on my love of steel. 

King’s Cross Railway Station in London
Fig 1: King’s Cross Railway Station in London
Photo: © Hufton+Crow

The beauty of steel has many facets. The monumental sculptures of Richard Serra, the graceful bridges of Laurent Ney, the elegant skyscrapers of David Burnham, the delicate woven wire chairs by Eames, the LC4 long chair by Charlotte Perriand (sorry Le Corbusier), the list is endless. As far as I am concerned, one man stands out: Jean Prouvé was rightly called ‘the man of steel’. Furniture and door designs, movable steel wall panels, windows, portal constructions, banisters… time and again, this self-taught man worked with steel. His work focused on the combination of well-designed comfort, great variability and a rational production method. Steel’s great advantage for designers and architects lies precisely here: thanks to the precise, machine-like production methods, a steel construction workshop can meet the designer’s wishes with extremely tight tolerances. 

About the Author:

Bruno Dursin – Managing Director at Believe in Steel. Bruno has more than 30 years of experience in promoting steel & steel solutions. His clients benefit from his extensive network within the building industry.

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