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May 8th, 2015
By 2015, ornate steel doors, windows and screens were becoming a prominent feature in homes across the UK. Architects and designers use these glass and steel partitions to enhance residential and commercial spaces, creating innovative spaces that give the illusion of accessibility and openness.
Although the pioneering production process dates back to the mid-19th century, steel windows gained real popularity in the immediate years following the First World War and have adorned buildings in the UK ever since. Due to its malleability, durability and strength, steel quickly overtook timber as the most popular fenestration choice. Designers could incorporate the frames into any curved design like never before. As a result, this quickly gave birth to elegant Art Deco buildings and strong, geometric forms during the Cubism movement.
Today, adaptable steel and glass frames are perfect to support the ever changing construction and interior design trends that emerge every year. While steel frames have remained a staple amongst architects, the resurgence of steel partitions in recent years for both commercial and residential buildings is an exciting chapter that we at Clement Windows have been excited by. Not only are steel frames a great choice in any construction, the use of thin, lightweight glass to separate living spaces can maximise areas inside smaller properties by flooding each room with natural daylight.
In a modern age where environmentally friendly products take precedence, steel has emerged as a clear favourite around the world. Steel is now North America’s leading recycled material while metal recycling in the UK is currently worth £5.6 billion. As steel can be reused an infinite amount of times, it is frequently chosen over its counterparts, such as PVC and aluminium. At Clement, we continue to work with recycled steel to produce each product and continue to develop our environmentally friendly range which meets national Building Regulations.
As experts and pioneers of the steel screen trend, Clement transformed areas of office space at the new Battersea Power Station. This iconic Grade II* Listed Building and the surrounding area are now being transformed into one of the most exciting and innovative mixed-use neighbourhoods in the world. Various Clement products were chosen by AreaSq, to create a series of both internal and external glazed partitions, walls and doors throughout the new area including the Power Station’s Estates Office. Like all Clement products, the doors and screens were all bespoke, a total of three different colour options were used to suit the different design requirements.
The natural progression of steel framed glass from the external to internal will continue to shape interior design in the UK and beyond for years to come. Steel framed doors, windows and screens are a regular feature in respected design and lifestyle magazines and have been firmly established as desirable features to include in your home.
Moreover, we are proud to share that as of 2020, we have a newly tested Clement fire screen and single door to 30 minutes, making this product an ideal feature for commercial and multi-use buildings. A major feature of the fire screen is the very slender profiles, which means you don’t need to compromise on style.
Talk to us today about installing our high performance fire screens within your buildings. Contact the team for more information.