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.

Broadgate Quarter, Stainless Steel Canopy

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

Bronze Elevators, 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

Bronze cladding, columns and Brise Soleil, 15 Fetter Lane, London, UK

The story of how a tired office building became desirable again and gravitated away from its position of being a poor relation to the neighbouring grand buildings in Fetter Lane.

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

Mirror finish Brass bar fixtures, Devonshire Club Hotel, Mayfair, London, UK

A look behind the scenes and the design story of this private members club that had a jet-setting businesswoman as its design Muse.

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

Almond Gold and Nickel escalators, returning a Knightsbridge Store’s escalator hall to a former glory

An in-depth look at the design ethos and materials used in the refurbishment of the stairs and escalators in this historic and world-famous London landmark building.

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

Embassy Gardens, London UK – planters in Bronze sandblasted PVD stainless steel

Looking at the context and design background for this Garden Landscaping project working with a palette of ochres and golds. Embassy Gardens is a core part of a development being called “The New South Bank” in Nine Elms, Wandsworth, London the design of which is based on the High Line Park, New York, UK.

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 staircase in blackened stainless steel, Google offices, 6 Pancras Square, London, UK

Creating a staircase from blackened stainless steel that looks like a sinuous, sculptural ribbon…

The upgrade of the Victoria Station London WCs

The upgrade of the Victoria Station London WCs

The creation of super-contemporary WCs with Edwardian inspirations and a palette of white, bronze and copper and, through pre-modelling, put together on-site in a few weeks.

Read the Victoria Station London WCs case study…

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

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

How to exude luxuriousness through materials whilst at the same time create a bomb-proof installation. Behind the scenes on how a shimmering gold wavy wall came to make its appearance in the relatively beige Terminal 5, Heathrow, London.

Photography by Paul Greenleaf.

Read the British Airways case study…

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.

Bedford Gardens: Creating a staircase using Almond Gold coloured stainless steel

With the purchase of the semi-detached property 54 Bedford Gardens and its adjacent mews house, Jonathan Pirie, Managing Director of Bancroft Heath, a building firm, had something very special in mind for its redesign.

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

Wood Lane: Creating the first new London tube station on an existing line for 70 years

The creation of a contemporary Underground station using anodised aluminium and stainless steel…

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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