Bringing Islamic beauty to property protection

13 March 2019

Bringing Islamic beauty to property protection

Ingenuity was key for Yorkshire’s leading metal fabricators who have been working with an expert in Islamic geometric design to bring functionality to art.

Author, educator and designer specialising in Islamic geometric design, Eric Broug returned to Yorkshire Laser Fabrications to manufacture bespoke Islamic inspired metal screens that he’d been commissioned to produce for a client’s London office.

Designed to fit internally directly in front of floor to ceiling sized window panes measuring 250cm x 250cm or 140cm x 250cm, the screens are made of 8mm thick stainless steel which has been laser cut to precisely form an intricate Islamic geometric pattern through which light casts artistic shadows while the robustness of the metal provides security.

Halifax based Eric’s designs were sent digitally to Yorkshire Laser where they were processed and laser cut into the steel. The screens were then rolled flat, the necessary bracketry welded on to enable them to be bolted into masonry and they were cleaned up and prepared before being powder coated a matt black.

Manufacturing the screens wasn’t without its challenges. With so much of the sheet metal needing to be cut away, doing so while minimising the amount of heat going into the metal in order to prevent distortion meant calling on YLF’s 15 years’ experience of sheet metal fabrication to come up with a solution.

“We programmed the laser to conduct a random cutting sequence skipping from one pa of the sheet to another in order to keep the screens flat and straight,” explained Yorkshire Laser’s MD Matt Orford. “The steel lends itself beautifully to Eric’s geometric designs creating a product that is both artistically decorative and functional as a security screen.” 

This is the second time Eric has worked with Yorkshire Laser Fabrications having turned to them ten years ago for a similar commission for the same client’s London home.

“I shopped around for potential manufacturers for the screens but still came back to Yorkshire Laser Fabrications. They did such a good job on the first project, are responsive, competitively priced and I knew I could trust them,” he explained.

“Steel is durable and reflects the type of screens that were made traditionally of wrought iron,” said Eric. “It is a traditional material for today’s security screens and the manufacturing technology that is now available opens up so many more opportunities for making them look beautiful.”