When the architects who became known as the First Architecture School — which included such notables as Martin Roche, William Holabird, and Louis Sullivan — began perfecting their methods of constructing buildings using metal frames instead of brick and stone in the late 1800s, it gave rise to the modern skyscraper and opened the door to a new world of possibilities in architecture. Since then, metals have migrated from the exterior and the framework to interiors, with inspiring results.
There’s hardly a use for which metal isn’t appropriate these days. The versatility, durability, and aesthetic qualities of metals have made them an increasingly popular option for interior applications. Of course, you can find metal furniture that ranges from the more traditional to the outlandish.
Aluminum metal laminates from Moz Designs — an example of which is shown above, on the columns — are lightweight, durable and come in a variety of grains and colors to provide the look of metal while adding recycled content to the mix. Here are other examples of metal products for interior spaces.
The Serpentina Waves ceiling system from Armstrong is a curved, monolithic ceiling panel system.
Allusion is a unique and innovative stabilized aluminum foam from Cymat Technologies that can be used for everything from wall cladding (shown) to flooring to fixtures
Woven steel metal mesh systems have also become an increasingly popular way to divide interior spaces while maintaining sightlines, as illustrated at the Fashion Industry Gallery in Dallas thanks to Cambridge Architectural.