Maintaining the aesthetic integrity of ironwork, while meeting structural and practical requirements, can be challenging. This was particularly true in the desert residence pictured here, where the adjacent finished surfaces could not be disturbed.
The design process, led by Richard Hallberg Interior Design, required the creation of several unique iron prototypes that were discussed and refined before the final pieces were made. The wrought iron railing pictured at right followed the compound curves of the staircase, and was designed with the pickets terminating on top of a finished floor made of antique, reclaimed stone treads. Tolerances were very tight. For this reason, much of the iron railing had to be built on site.