Metal works are never out of fashion and bring elegance to the space they occupy.
It was in 1884 that American architect William LeBaron Jenney built the first fully metal-framed building in Chicago and came to be known as the father of skyscrapers. Almost two centuries later, the magic of metal hasn’t still lost its sheen. Known for its flexibility, strength, finish, malleability and incredible versatility, metal offers wide possibilities for architects and designers over the years.
Coming in a wide range of colours, textures and forms, metallic artworks are always favoured by people for their homes and offices as they fit the traditional and contemporary styles with ease. From mantelpiece to wall hanging and sculptures to façade, metal works bring elegance to the space they occupy. The charm has only increased with time.
Manuel Justin, a Kochi-based creative metal designer, whose works have become part of iconic structures in the city, says, “More people are choosing metal works now for décor, lights, exterior artworks, sculptures and cladding for their residential and commercial spaces. What makes metal art – personalised or abstract – special is that it is compatible with any style of architecture.”
The façade cladding work modelled on a nuclear family that adorns the wall of a prestigious villa project in Kochi and the beautiful exterior artwork on the Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce building are all Manuel’s works. “I have worked for resorts, homes, interiors of coffee shops, IT firms and commercial spaces. Most of our projects are huge ones – like the 13-metre façade and the wall of a resort which adorns metallic works of a church, lighthouse, sun, boats and nature,” he says.
Specialised in customised art works, Manuel’s projects are based on instructions from architects and designers. “They provide drawings and 3D images, and explain the material and finish they have in mind. It’s a creative collaboration and a team work,” he explains.
That it is recyclable and never gets outdated add to the list of advantages. A dull structure, wall or space gets a signature when a metal work fills the void. “The magic of metal is awesome. Along with durability and immense possibilities, metallic works can be given new-gen twist according to the changing preferences of the client. Even if it’s a mantelpiece or a wall décor or a hanging lamp, the metal’s rustic finish and charm lights up the space. It’s an evergreen choice,” he winds up.