Case Studies

The Gaslight Building, 29 – 35 Rathbone Street, London. - Developer I.S.A Holdings - Interior architecture and design: bureau de change design office Architects: dMFK Architects - Laser-cut PVD coloured stainless steel in custom Bronze Hairline for stairs, lift core and architectural detailing by Double Stone Steel in partnership with John Desmond Ltd. - Photography by GilbertMcCarragher

Bronze detailing, The Gaslight Building, 29 -35 Rathbone Street, London W1

Creating echoes of quality and craftsmanship from the Art Deco era using intricately designed metalwork for the stairway, elevator and core rising through this landmark Edwardian building.

Photography by Gilbert McCarragher

Frameless Glazed Satin Stainless Steel Canopy. 1 Broadgate Quarter, Snowden St, London, EC2A 2AW - Architects: John Robertson Architects - Stainless Steel Canopy: John Desmond Ltd.

Cantilevered stainless steel canopy comprises a statement façade for the cornerstone building in fashionable Broadgate Quarter

How a dated, nineties building was brought into the 21st Century with the addition of a thoughtfully designed and fabricated canopy with integrated lighting and no visible support.

Photography by Paris Granger.

Architrave and panels for elevator and lobby in electro-zinc coated V-Grooved stainless steel Fenman House, Apartment Building, 9 Handyside St, King’s Cross, London N1C Manufacture by Bluecoat Engineering - Fabrication, V-Grooving and folding of stainless steel by John Desmond Ltd - Building design by Maccreanor Lavington Architects - Interiors by Johnson Naylor Architects - Developer: Argent

Dark bronze elevators created using PVD coloured stainless steel, Fenman House, Kings Cross, London, UK

An inside perspective on the creation of moody, contemporary elevators and lobby and how the luxurious bronze finish was created using stainless steel.

Photography by Tom Hampson.

15 Fetter Lane, EC4A, London. Brise Soleil, tapered column and canopy in Chocolate PVD stainless steel V-Grooved and folded to appear as solid bronze. - Architects: McBains Cooper - Client: British Steel Pension Fund Trustees Ltd - Fit-out: Nucom Interiors - PVD stainless steel & fabrication: John Desmond Ltd

Complete entrance remodel for 15 Fetter Lane with bronze cladding, columns and Brise Soleil in Bronze PVD coloured stainless steel

A look at how the architects used textured specialist metal finishes for a clever entrance redesign creating new status, and rent value, for a dated office building.

Photography by Paris Granger.

Detail of overhead bar rack in the Brasserie created from V-Grooved Champagne Mirror PVD. The Devonshire Club Hotel - Interior Design: March & White - PVD coloured stainless steel: John Desmond Ltd

Brass Mirror finish PVD coloured stainless steel bar and restaurant fittings for The Devonshire Club Hotel, Mayfair, London, UK

How the interior designers created modern-day glamour for an exclusive private members club using a specialist metal finish that keeps its original, gleaming appearance.

Photography by MAWD Interior Design.

The upgraded escalator hall, Knightsbridge Store, London, UK - Architect: Make Architects - PVD coloured stainless steel trims: John Desmond Ltd

Returning a celebrated Knightsbridge Store’s escalator hall to its former glory using Almond Gold and Nickel PVD coloured stainless steel

An in-depth look at the design ethos and specialist metal finishes used in the refurbishment of the stairs and escalators in this historic and world-famous London shopping destination and landmark building.

Photography by Make Architects.

Planters in Bronze sandblasted PVD stainless steel in Embassy Gardens, part of the Ballymore Homes development, Nine Elms, Wandsworth, London, UK - Landscape Architect: Camlins; Hyland Edgar Driver - Landscape Designers: In-Ex Landscapes

Integrated planters in Bronze sandblasted PVD coloured stainless steel for Embassy Gardens, London UK

Looking at how the material design developed for the landscaping project adjacent to the new American Embassy in Nine Elms, Wandsworth, London with its inspiration taken from the High Line Park in New York, USA.

Photograhy by Paris Granger.

The Arts and Cultural Centre, Shanghai Bund Financial Centre, China. - Showing the moving veil of the Arts and Cultural Centre in Rose Gold PVD tubular drops. - Developer: Shanghai Zendai Bund International Finance Center Real Estate Co. Ltd. - Architects: Foster & Partners; Heatherwick Studio - PVD stainless steel in Rose Gold for façades and tubular drops: John Desmond Ltd in partnership with Double Stone Steel

Gold stainless steel façades, Shanghai Bund Financial Centre

A look at how PVD coloured stainless steel has been used to create a striking and unique “moving veil” façade for the Arts and Cultural Centre in the mixed-use development The Shanghai Bund Financial Centre, China.

Photography by Tim Franco.

Staircase in blackened stainless steel with over-wax finish for Google, 6 Pancras Square, London, UK - Architects: AHMM - Main contractor: ISG - Staircase fabrication, installation and finishing: John Desmond Ltd - Structural engineers for John Desmond Ltd: AECOM - Showing view from below the stairs. Photography by Tim Soar

Retro-fit Stairs in the Sky that appear as a sinuous, sculptural ribbon, Google offices, 6 Pancras Square, London, UK

The story behind the creation of a spectacular, naturalistic centrepiece to a 13-storey atrium in accordance with Google’s Biophilic principles: blackened stainless steel with an over-wax finish designed to develop a patina with age.

Photography by Tim Soar.

The upgrade of the Victoria Station London WCs

The upgrade of the toilets at Victoria Station London with Rose Gold and Bronze PVD coloured stainless steel

Using Edwardian inspirations to create super-contemporary WCs with a palette of white, bronze and copper with all fixtures pre-modelled and put together on-site to a tight timescale.

Photography by Landolt + Brown.

British Airways, The First Wing, private check-in for First Class and Gold Card members, Heathrow Terminal 5

Shimmering PVD coloured stainless steel screen signals the private check-in area for First Class and Gold Card members at London’s Heathrow Terminal 5

How to exude luxuriousness using specialist metal finishes whilst simultaneously creating a bomb-proof installation. Behind the scenes on how an undulating gold wavy wall came to make its appearance in the relatively beige Terminal 5, Heathrow, London.

Photography by Paul Greenleaf.

Main helical staircase to 54 Bedford Gardens, Notting Hill, London, UK - Client and main contractor, Bancroft Heath - Architect: Nash Baker - Interior Designer: Desalles Flint - Architectural metalworks and PVD coated coloured stainless steel: John Desmond Ltd.

Creating a gold statement staircase for a £27.5 million property refurbishment in Notting Hill

The design development of a central, unifying sweeping helical staircase in sumptuous, but subtle, Almond Gold PVD coloured stainless steel for 54 Bedford Gardens, London.

Photography by Toby Webb.

Wood Lane underground station for London Underground in partnership with Westfield - Architectural metalworks, platform seating, John Desmond Ltd - Main contractor: Costain - Architect: Ian Ritchie architects - Principal engineer: Waterman Civils

Using gold anodised aluminium, stainless steel and mesh to create a modern London tube station

Creating a vaulted gold ceiling and contemporary architectural fittings for Wood Lane, the first new London tube station to open on an existing line for seventy years.

Staircase and mezzanine in the Institution of Electrical Engineers fabricated and installed by John Desmond Ltd - Architect: Lee Fitzgerald

North House: The creation of new offices from two adjoining buildings North House, 27 Great Peter Street, London

John Desmond were selected by Ian Ritchie Architects, designers of the famous Spire of Dublin, to work in creating a zen-like interior using shot-peened stainless steel and white glass for the offices of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at North House, Westminster, London.

Teeth whitening kiosk for Smile Lounge at Lakeside Shopping Centre, West Thurrock, Essex - With roof canopy by John Desmond Ltd - Designer: Ben Rousseau

Lakeside: design, build and installation of teeth whitening kiosk at Lakeside Shopping Centre

Interior designer Ben Rousseau chose to work with John Desmond in designing and building a cosmetic dentistry unit for Smile Lounge that had to be installed in Lakeside shopping centre within a slot of 12 hours. The result is a slick and polished kiosk.

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