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22/03/2018

All Things Corrugated

Our current obsession with corrugated steel has taken us to play around with corrugated brass.  We think this would be a great application for wall panelling in a guest loo, cladding up to dado height or a feature wall.  What would you like to do with it?

Corrugated Iron (now not made from iron but steel – however the name remains unchanged) was invented in the 1820s in Britain by Henry Robinson Palmer, architect and engineer to the London Dock Company.  It was originally made from wrought iron.  It proved to be light, strong, corrosion resistant, and easily transported, and particularly lent itself to prefabricated structures and improvisation by semi-skilled workers.  It soon became a common construction material in rural areas around the world and is still widely used as a building material in African slums and informal settlements (townships).

‘Tin Tabernacles – Corrugated Iron Mission Halls, Churches & Chapels of Britian’ written by Ian Smith gives us insight into the great revivals causing the rise of corrugated structures erected for the purpose of religion, some of which can still be seen today.  Nick Thomsons book ‘Corrugated Iron Buildings’ features the originally built St Jame’s Espiscopalian Church in 1863 located in Kilburn (last image in the carousel).

Just like Ian Smith & Nick Thomson, we too are struck by this materials ability to charm and give a certain aesthetic beauty.

We wanted to see how this material could change, evolve into something striking, something with a warmth, something utterly fabulous.

 

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