Double Stone Steel Europe Ltd's Blog

Here we have the musings, observations and views of architects, interior designers and architectural critics – and those of us within Double Stone Steel Europe – on the world of architecture, design, sculpture and just plain interesting objets. Obviously, given our love of metals, we will be favouring anything created in, or including metal, but we are also fascinated with all exterior and interior design, landscaping, gardens, architecture and sculpture.
Anish Kapoor’s Sculptures: The Ingenuity of Materials, Form and Structure

Anish Kapoor’s Sculptures: The Ingenuity of Materials, Form and Structure

Gracia Ramírez takes us through Adam (1988-89), Red to Blue (2016) and Marsyas (2002), three key sculptures to understand the work of British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor.

Nimes’ Musée de Romanité, the architecture of a contemporary building with the stature to stand up to the adjacent monumental Roman Arena built in 70CE

Nimes’ Musée de Romanité, the architecture of a contemporary building with the stature to stand up to the adjacent monumental Roman Arena built in 70CE

Robin Fisher tells the story of the dramatic flowing design for this museum which uses a steel substructure methods of struts, clamps and louvres that form the base of the randomly undulating glittering skin of the building.

Argon (Ar) - part of a series on gases used during the physical vapour deposition (PVD) process - an innovative method for improving the performance of stainless steel

Argon (Ar) - part of a series on gases used during the physical vapour deposition (PVD) process - an innovative method for improving the performance of stainless steel

Richard Storer-Adam delves into the world of argon - one of the constituent gases of air - looking into how it is used in the production of light bulbs, windows and stainless steel.

'Monomateria' - the power and potential of a single material in architectural design.

'Monomateria' - the power and potential of a single material in architectural design.

Naomi Evans takes us on a journey through contemporary buildings where architects have created innovative designs using steel, timber, limestone and brick in isolation.

A tour of the £4 million renovations of the subterranean toilets at London Victoria Rail Station

A tour of the £4 million renovations of the subterranean toilets at London Victoria Rail Station

Jecks Stone takes us around the completed WCs, reviews the inclusive design and examines the durable materials and finishes specified.

Jecks Stone has a background in listed building conservation and is an interior designer specialising in designing eco-conscious, wellness-enhancing and vegan homes.

Aluminium (Al) - part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material

Aluminium (Al) - part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material

Richard Storer-Adam gives a brief history of aluminium, from its time as a material with a higher value than gold through to its use today for wheels, drinks cans and aeroplanes.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

A visit to Antony Gormley’s exhibition at The Royal Academy which explores the dimensions of space and the human body

A visit to Antony Gormley’s exhibition at The Royal Academy which explores the dimensions of space and the human body

Antonio Moll experiences sculptures and installations which use every-day materials such as steel blocks, bread, aluminium, steel mesh, cast iron, and seawater as sensory media.

Copper (Cu)  – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Copper (Cu) – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Richard Storer-Adam explores the long relationship humans have had with copper, using it for thousands of years to conduct heat and electricity and as a corrosion resistant building material.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

A brief tutorial in layman's terms on the role of the chemical element iron (Fe) and where it appears on earth, in our bodies and in our industries

A brief tutorial in layman's terms on the role of the chemical element iron (Fe) and where it appears on earth, in our bodies and in our industries

Richard Storer-Adam gives us a concise explanation of the part iron plays on our planet including nuclear fusion, its role in protecting the earth from cosmic radiation and its relationship with steel.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

Nickel (Ni)  – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Nickel (Ni) – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Richard Storer-Adam looks into the origins of nickel, the part it plays in the composition of the planet and the industrial uses that make it a valuable metal alloy.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

Vanadium (V)  – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Vanadium (V) – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Richard Storer-Adam gives us a brief history of vanadium from its discovery in the 19th century to its industrial uses and role in the steel industry today.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

The history of vacuum technology from Democritus to microchips and consumer electronics

The history of vacuum technology from Democritus to microchips and consumer electronics

Richard Storer-Adam takes us from the first hypothesis of a vacuum in ancient Greece, through the scientific discoveries of the 17th century to the applications of vacuum technology in the modern day.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

Silicon (Si)  – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Silicon (Si) – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Richard Storer-Adam explains how the chemical element silicon was discovered and how it is a vital component for manufacturing products ranging from electronics to stainless steel.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

Cobalt (Co)  – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Cobalt (Co) – part of a series on metals commonly alloyed with stainless steel to form varying grades of material.

Richard Storer-Adam explores the use of cobalt from colouring glass for the ancient Egyptians to more modern applications in the renewable energy and stainless steel industries.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

What are vacuum pumps and vacuum chambers and how do they create low pressure ?

What are vacuum pumps and vacuum chambers and how do they create low pressure ?

Richard Storer-Adam explains the science of vacuum chambers and traces their origins back to England in the 17th century.

Richard Storer-Adam is Managing Director of Double Stone Steel Ltd.

A pyramid for the people - visiting the Jumex Museum, Mexico City designed by David Chipperfield Architects

A pyramid for the people - visiting the Jumex Museum, Mexico City designed by David Chipperfield Architects

Guided by Antonio Moll, we are taken on a tour of the Jumex Museum, home to Colección Jumex, founded by Eugenio Lopez Alonso, the heir of the Mexican juice empire.

Antonio Moll is an architect, writer and academic, Director of Moll Architects based in London, UK.

Quality without Compromise in the art of manufacturing mid-century furniture

Quality without Compromise in the art of manufacturing mid-century furniture

Naomi Evans gives tribute to the quality of the furniture designed by Fred Lowen famous for his classic Tessa and Fler models of sofas, chairs, chaises and sideboards.

Naomi Evans is an architect based in Melbourne, Australia.

The Green Dream of pre-oxidised copper as an aesthetic choice for cladding

The Green Dream of pre-oxidised copper as an aesthetic choice for cladding

Naomi Evans walks us around some highly contemporary building projects that utilise the even, green verdigris of pre-aged copper as exterior and interior cladding.

Naomi Evans is an architect based in Melbourne, Australia.

Creating the impression of a Rain of Light in the interior of the Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Creating the impression of a Rain of Light in the interior of the Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Robin Fisher shows us the design process of the perforated steel domed roof of the Louvre, Abu Dhabi and the profound aesthetic effects it has on the interior of the gallery.

Robin Fisher is an Architectural Critic and Reviewer based in Lille, France.

Protecting priceless works of art from heat and light in the Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Protecting priceless works of art from heat and light in the Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Robin Fisher explains the sophisticated light management created by the eight layers of steel cladding within the domed roof of the Louvre, Abu Dhabi.

Robin Fisher is an Architectural Critic and Reviewer based in Lille, France.

The use of light and geometry in the design of The Louvre, Abu Dhabi

The use of light and geometry in the design of The Louvre, Abu Dhabi

Robin Fisher explains the meticulous design process of making a 7,500 tonne steel roof (heavier than the Eiffel Tower) appear ethereal.

Robin Fisher is an Architectural Critic and Reviewer based in Lille, France.

Judging Architecture - what are the most important criteria now and then?

Judging Architecture - what are the most important criteria now and then?

Naomi Evans looks at the zeitgeist of the time to understand why The National Gallery of Victoria lost out to a shopping mall, Southland Shopping Centre, for the 1969 Royal Australian Institute of Architects award.

Naomi Evans is an architect based in Melbourne, Australia.

Creating a building’s multi-purpose exo-skeleton from bronze aluminium blades

Creating a building’s multi-purpose exo-skeleton from bronze aluminium blades

Robin Fisher examines the design of the Conex office building, Lille, using striking bronze aluminium blades as a load-bearing exo-skeleton which also provides solar shading and optimises building energy ratings.

Robin Fisher is an Architectural Critic and Reviewer based in Lille, France.

Landscape in an urban setting – the benefits of bringing greenery into cities

Landscape in an urban setting – the benefits of bringing greenery into cities

Lola Adeokun gives us an evocative virtual tour of the botanical gardens, Jardim Botanico, located in the centre of Rio de Janeiro and looks at the benefits of large garden spaces in built-up areas.

Lola Adeokun is an architect with Colman Architects, London, UK.