Bespoke Cast Iron Staircase with Oak Handrail, London
Located in the heart of London’s Mayfair, Hedonism is a new fine wine and spirits boutique, which has already become the most talked about wine project of recent times. Fine Iron were commissioned to design, develop and manufacture a statement staircase to complement the unique surroundings of this high end wine establishment.
The brief presented a real challenge in both aesthetics and engineering. As always the level of accuracy required in plotting out every tread and riser was critical given that the patterns had to incorporate an allowance for shrinkage during the casting process of the treads and risers. Working to a tolerance of + \ - one millimetre for the finished castings was the maximum that could be allowed, as once the patterns are made the job would be not literally cast in stone but it certainly would be cast in iron!
Being a bespoke cast iron staircase and therefore given the likely overall cost to produce this staircase and also as it was unlikely that the patterns would ever be used again it was absolutely critical that we got everything right first time around. Needless to say, if there was a mistake in the pattern drawings and development then the patterns would be wrong, if the patterns were wrong then the castings would be wrong and if the castings were wrong, the stairs would be wrong! Therefore, it would quite literally mean we would be back to the drawing board. As always, Fine Iron approached this job with total confidence in their ability to get it right the first time.
We use only the best pattern makers and foundries in the UK. *We used 3D modelling to do a virtual build of the staircase prior to manufacture so that all components could be checked, double checked and checked again for accuracy. The many hours spent during the planning and development stage were critical to achieving the finished structure.
Each cast iron tread was to have decoration in the casting that would reflect the vine-yard and the grape. The landing casting of the female languidly eating a grape greets you at the half landing. The intrinsic detailing is reminiscent of Grecian luxury, and it encapsulates the opulent timelessness of the products found in Hedonism Wines.
Client: Hedonism Wines
Location: Davies Street, Mayfair, London