Creative Metal Gates, Railings, Balustrades .....

"... stylish, elegant, and bespoke metalwork ..."

A contemporary designer metal gate An Art Nouveau inspired stair balustrade An Art Nouveau inspired garden gate

Welcome to Verdigris, a contemporary forge and metalworking studio based near Manchester. Work made by the forge is installed throughout the UK and occasionally further afield! All types of creative and artistic metalwork is designed and made, ranging from pure sculpture through to more practical items such as gates, railings and balustrades. We have gained a reputation for creating exciting, innovative and highly detailed designs by blending traditional blacksmithing techniques with the use of modern precision machinery. Our passion is for forged steel and wrought iron but many other metals such as bronze, copper and stainless steel are used. You can see a selection from our portfolio of bespoke metalwork below but there is a more comprehensive body of work to view in the gallery pages.

Handmade Art Nouveau Metal Bed:

Handmade Art Nouveau Metal Bed

This design of this spectacular handmade bed was strongly influenced by the bold, sweeping and asymmetric curves of the Art Nouveau movement.  Traditional blacksmithing techniques were used to create the dramatic changes in thickness of the metal and forge a contemporary interpretation of this style.

Contemporary Steel Driveway Gates:

Contemporary and Modern Steel Driveway Gates

These contemporary and modern steel driveway gates were designed to be understated yet still have plenty of rich and interesting detailing. The holes in the metal were made by hammering the steel whilst hot, rather than simply cutting them out. The metal moves as it is struck creating the attractive swellings surrounding the holes.

Wrought Iron Stair Railings Inspired by Natural Forms:

Wrought Iron Stair Railings Inspired by Natural Forms

These vibrant and exuberant stair railings were commissioned by clients with a passion for gardening and nature. The railing's design was inspired by the youthful and inquisitive growth of seedlings and how their emerging tendrils and leaves appear to explore their surroundings as they rapidly grow.

Arts and Crafts Inspired Wrought Iron Gate:

Arts and Crafts Inspired Handmade Wrought Iron Gate

The design of this garden gate was strongly influenced by the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement and it's emphasis on traditional craftsmanship and simple design. It features hot punched holes, elegant tapers and hand forged leaves typical of the period.

Bespoke Fire Canopy for a Medival Country House

Bespoke Fire Canopy for a Medival Country House

This stainless steel fire canopy was designed for Chorley Old Hall; the oldest inhabited country house in Cheshire. The canopy has a double walled construction with textured and lightly distressed stainless steel outer walls and uses a lapped and riveted construction.

A Graceful and Elegant Bedroom Balcony

Quirky hand forged Juliet balcony

The character of this elegant balustrade for a bedroom balcony was designed to reflect the character of the period property. The leaves all face in slightly different directions and are hand forged making each and everyone utterly unique.

Frameless Gate and Railings with a Nature Inspired Theme:

Handmade-Nature-Inspired-Frameless-Gate-and-Railing

The brief for the design of this gate and its side panel was to avoid any straight lines and that the meeting of the two halves should blend seamlessly into the design. The commission also had to reflect the wild beauty of its Hebridean setting.

Bespoke Wrought Iron Garden Railings:

Bespoke Metal Garden Railings

These bespoke wrought iron railings were designed to reflect the semi-circular motif used throughout the garden. As with many of our designs, these railings don't use a conventional top rail, instead the forged steel uprights were shaped to suggest a top rail.

Bespoke Contemporary Metal Railings:

Bespoke Contemporary Metal Railings

We have an affinity towards designs using movement and flow. Sweeping curvilinear lines are our specialty, as these bespoke, stylish and contemporary metal railings demonstrate. They were commissioned for a villa in the French Riviera and their design uses breaking waves for its inspiration. As with many of our commissions, the railings are designed without a surrounding rectangular metal frame.

Galvanised Steel Tree Wall Sculpture:

Galvanised Steel Tree Wall Sculpture

This galvanised steel tree sculpture was commissioned for the side of Affleck's Palace; a shopping arcade in Manchester with an eclectic mix of small independent stalls and boutiques aimed at the student market. The spreading growth of the tree suggests youthful and inquisitive exploration.

Art Nouveau Inspired Metal Stair Railings:

Art Nouveau Inspired Metal Stair Railings

These design of these metal stair railings was inspired by the flowing and expressive lines used in metalwork from the Art Nouveau period. However, setting the curves against the lattice work of straight lines gives the design a modern twist and helps to emphasise the flow of the curves.

Stainless Steel Fantasy Fairy Tale Stair Railings:

Stainless Steel Fantasy Fairy Tale Stair Railings

Spectacular, colourful and sparkling stair railings made from stainless steel and designed with more than just a hint of a fairy tale to them. Coloured glass diamond shaped crystals held in place with jewellery style fixings glint and gleam as they catch the light and add an almost magical fantasy quality as the railings cascade and flow up the stairs.

Bespoke Art Nouveau Handrails:

Bespoke Art Nouveau Handrails

These elegant bespoke metal handrails were commissioned by customers with a passion for all things Art Nouveau. The design of the handrails reflect the period features seen throughout their house. Their sweeping and flowing curves were inspired by the lines typical of Art Nouveau metalwork.

Bronze and Polished Stainless Steel Dragon Sculpture:

Polished stainless steel and bronze dragon face with amethyst eyes

The attention to detail of a jeweller was used to create this dragon by fusing and subtly blending bronze and polished stainless steel. Amethyst gem stones bring it to life as they catch the light but please click on the picture to see another of the sculpture's unique features.

Creative and Very Different Stainless Steel Railings:

Creative Artistic and Unusual Stainless Steel Railings

These very different and unusual stainless steel and glass railings were commissioned for a seafront property in St Mawes Cornwall. Their design picks up on aspects of this environment including naval pennants flying in the wind, stylised flora from the area and the dry stone wall on which they sit.