July 19th 2021

Using metal mesh in interior design

By Anthony Millington

Interior designers are always looking at more inspirational approaches to the interiors of a space. The demand for creating more inviting spaces and the inclusion of a variety of different applications can completely transform the character of a room. Amongst these approaches, we are seeing an increase in the use of metal meshes both from a point of view that they are generally made from recycled material in the case of aluminum and steel – but also the style and look of them has that upcycled feel that we are all trying to be more conscious of.

Metal mesh is an extremely versatile product and has a functionality like no other. It works well as a safety element including balustrade infill panels and radiator grilles, but also for decorative purposes like ceilings, wall coverings and partitions. It is also a great solution for smaller applications like cabinets, bars, and shop displays. Metal mesh is also being seen as an alternative to replace bulky, opaque materials in functional areas of restaurants, lobbies, and office spaces without making the space look smaller.

Colour is one of the main attractions when it comes to the finishing of metal mesh and in particular, how the mesh is coloured without it corroding. Having researched a number of finish processes that work well with the commonly used architectural meshes (woven, expanded, and perforated), powder coating is the most cost-effective way to apply an almost unlimited range of colours. Powder coating uses an electrostatic charge to attract a fluidised powder evenly across all surfaces of the mesh.  The electrostatic charge holds the pigmented powder until it passes through an oven where it melts and adheres permanently to the mesh. After curing, the mesh has a colourful and durable coating that adds to the desired aesthetic of the project.

Product in practice

Situated perfectly between the hub of finance in the City and lively Covent Garden, Lincoln Square comprises of a ten-storey luxurious residential building of apartments, studios and penthouses designed by PLP Architects. Interiors to the apartments designed by Bowler James Brindley, whilst the amenities space was created by Patricia Urquiola.

Upon entering the two lobbies of the building, metal mesh was specified for the custom-made chandeliers which dominate the high ceilings and define the height of the contemporary space, whilst allowing light to pass through.

Specified in a stainless steel and bronze configuration, the warmth of the mesh complements its surroundings of the furnishings and flooring whilst the shape of the chandeliers create a reflective surface that projects stunning visual statements. With this installation, the chandeliers also act as a screen and a visual filter, giving privacy without segregating them from the rest of the space. Throughout the building other features of metal mesh is used in the hallways, suites, and the library.

Whether you choose to use metal mesh for its functional or decorative virtues, the material comes in a variety of thicknesses, patterns, and shapes to inspire you for your interior design.

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